“A blind Colorado mother is able to see for the first time in 25 years.
For more than two decades, Jamie Carley has lived without her eyesight as a result of being born with retinitis pigmentosa – a condition that causes retina cells to slowly die. But thanks to a new, bionic eye, the mother recently received the gift of a lifetime.
“I got to see my son for the first time in years,” Carley, 51, said. “It was pretty amazing … I got a little teary-eyed. It was just so emotional.”
Carley received the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System bionic eye implant, a microchip which works with a pair of camera-implanted glasses to restore “small amounts” of vision, according to the UC Health Eye Center.” said people.com
“Thanks to the implant, Carley can perceive light, dark and the outlines of objects. She told ABC that seeing the outline of a passing car “amazes” her.
But perhaps the most amazing thing the 51-year-old has seen thus far is her son’s silhouette. She lost her sight completely by the age of 26, when her now 29-year-old son would have been 3 years old.
She said it was an emotional moment for her son as well.
UC Health reports that Carley’s brain will learn to interpret optical signals in the coming months, and her eyesight will steadily improve.
Now, Carley has set her sights on stargazing.” said people.com
“I really miss the fireworks,” Carley said. “And I want to see the moon.”