Hong Kong doctor offers implants to eye-gouged boy

Hong Kong doctor offers implants to eye-gouged boy

HONG KONG - A six-year-old Chinese boy who had his eyes gouged out by a woman believed to be his aunt may one day see again after a Hong Kong hospital offered him "electronic eyes".

Hong Kong-based eye expert Dennis Lam said his team would provide the treatment for free to Guo Bin - known as Bin-Bin - who was found covered in blood near his home in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi last month after the horrific attack.

Lam told AFP that future technology could restore up to 40 per cent of the boy's lost vision.

"When I heard about it. I was really angry, very upset. I was asking myself if I can help," Lam told AFP.

"Being an eye doctor, our greatest sort of encouragement is when the patients see again," he said.

Lam said that he is still waiting for consent from the child's parents to bring him to his eye hospital in Shenzhen in southern China, where he can be given a pair of false eyes as soon as next week.

Cameras in the prosthetic eyes would relay a signal, based on the shape of objects, to an electric pulse generator connected to his tongue helping him to recognise shapes, Lam said.

He added that the technology is already being used in Japan and Europe.

The final goal is to give the boy bionic eyes linked directly to the brain which will help him partially regain his sight, Lam said, a treatment which is still being developed.

"In the high end it (his sight)could be 20 to 40 per cent when we talk about ten years down the road. It's a wild guess. The ultimate goal is the help him to see again."

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