Man fitted with first-ever bionic eye, sees wife for the first time
British man Chris James, 54, suffered from a hereditary illness called retinitis pigmentosa 22 year agos and became completely blind in the left eye while only being able to detect strong light with his right. On March 22, he became one of the two first men in the world to receive a bionic eye. Doctors from Oxford University Hospitals and King's College Hospital implanted into his eyeball beneath his retina a 3X3 millimeter microchip - developed by Germany's Retina Implant - that contains 1,500 light-detecting electrodes. James regained rudimentary vision and was able to see his wife of seven years for the first time.