Four blind Australians have had some of their vision restored through the implantation of bionic eyes.
Prior to the trial, patients, who lost a vision because of retinitis Pigmentosa were degenerate, light and dark, but could not see a handed wire of their foreheads.
Bionic Vision Technologies says that patients can now discriminate against objects in a picelid rock scale, giving them the ability to navigate without the help of guide dogs, dogs or family members.
Associate Professor Penny Allen, the lead researcher, said the technology could be a game change for the one-to-4000 Australians affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa, as there is no way to delay or improve genetic disorder.
"This is now a significant case of blindness among working age people, our patients range from the late 30s to the 60's," he said to AAP.
"We've been very happy with how they're going on and they're very happy, that's the best thing."
Professor Allen, a forensic at the Australian Eye Research Center, will present on the study at the Australian Australian and New Zealand Ophthalmologists' scientific meeting on Monday.
Although there were other bionic eyes on the overseas market, Professor Allen said Australia's technology was simpler and safer, while researchers have devised their own vision processing software.
The bionic eye works by capturing images through a camera to connect to glasses and transfer it to an external processing unit that is transported in a handbag or has transported on a belt.
The information is then sent back to a device that is magnetically linked to the patient's skin, which is linked by leading to the device inserted into their eyes, and then processed by the brain.
Following the surgeries, the next phase of the study has started as participants take the technology out of the lab and home.
First, they had to have training that includes obstacles and other tests, while learning "trusted" what they saw after years of no vision, says Professor Allen.
"We work with them to identify what they want to do at home, the normal tasks we all do.
"One patient arranges washing, coloring of complaints, and one patient wishes to go independently of some things in the backyard, like the lemon tree."
I was originally published as a bionic look for Four Australians