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Bionic science is a superhero for Dianne Ashworth

Dianne Ashworth was diagnosed with a retinal disease at the age of 24. It would cause the mother of two young boys to eventually go blind.

Years later, during an Australian-first trial, Dianne received a bionic eye implant. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of Melbourne scientists, the breakthrough gives hope to vision impaired people globally. Melbourne-based Bionic Vision Technologies (BVT) has been running a clinical trial for a bionic eye since 2018.

The BVT technology is a combination of external input from a pair of glasses connected to an implant in the eye. This innovation is designed with a particular disorder in mind, degenerative retinitis pigmentosa (a genetic condition affecting 1 in 4000 Australians).