Researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy, have found that the adult brain can actually learn to “see again” many years after a person went totally blind, CBS News reports.
The findings don't exactly add up to a cure for blindness, but they do help with the work of researchers trying to see whether the brains of people who have lost their vision can regain the ability to process “restored or artificial visual inputs,” as the scientists explain in a press release.
The researchers found that patients could recognize visual cues like flashes of light, and they got better with practice. The more they were tested, the more their brains responded to visual stimuli with the aid of an implant.
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