6-year-old Guo Bin is recovering well after doctors successfully fitted him with the prosthetic eyes. Guo’s eyes were gouged out by his aunt this past August, who later committed suicide. The implants are purely aesthetic and it is doubtful whether doctors will be able to restore his sight, BBC reports:
Guo Bin’s operation to prepare for prosthetic eye implants began in September.
A spokesman for his doctor Dennis Lam, who is volunteering his services for free, said at the time the boy would receive implants similar to artificial eyeballs to give volume to the eye in order to fit an eye shell.
After a recovery period, prosthetic eyes could then be attached. These will be then connected to tissue and muscle for movement. Sensory devices that generate electronic signals to help him identify shapes could then be fitted.
Dr Lam had said he hoped Guo Bin could benefit from the further development of electronic eye technology directly linked to the brain – something he said was at least five to 10 years in the future.