The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first bionic eye.
It will allow patients with a certain kind of blindness, retinitis pigmentosa, to see more than ever before.
Only certain patients who are over the age of 25 and can see some light will qualify for the surgery.
Doctor George Condax works at United Hospital Center and said this is huge for the medical field.
"This is the first time that an electronic device is approved and is available that through doing a surgical procedure, we can actually implant it in the back of the eye, and people with almost no vision whatsoever will be able to see outlines, to actually read large letters and large numbers, and they will be able to ambulate by themselves," Condax said.
According to Condax, the cost of the procedure has not yet been determined.
Condax added that, "very similar devices, we expect them to come up over the next few years," to help patients with other kinds of blindness greatly improve their vision.
Condax hopes United Hospital Center will soon be able to offer bionic eye surgery to eligible patients in our area.