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Bionic eye gives the gift of sight back to a pensioner

By Kim Pilling

Published 22/07/2015

Scientists have restored a pensioner's sight
Scientists have restored a pensioner's sight

A partially sighted pensioner has had his central vision restored for the first time in a decade after he received a "bionic eye". Ray Flynn (80) from Manchester, is the world's first patient with advanced dry age related macular degeneration (AMD) to undergo the procedure.

The retired engineer, who has peripheral vision, is also believed to be the first human being to have the use of combined natural and artificial sight.

Mr Flynn has experienced deteriorating central vision for the last eight years but is now looking forward to a clearer view of his beloved Manchester United on television.

The keen gourmet cook also cannot wait to read recipes without a magnifying glass.

AMD is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world with between 20 and 25 million sufferers worldwide.

Mr Flynn said: "It's definitely improved my vision but I haven't been out and about on a bus yet. I don't think I will for a little while."

But he is counting down the days to the start of the new Premier League season.

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