Blindness has blighted the world for centuries with no answer to the often degenerative disease, but this could be cured by artificial intelligence.
But a team of researchers have created a robotic eye device to potentially cure this.
If successful, the bionic eye would change the lives of millions of people losing their sight.
The team from the University of Sydney are now looking to start human trials ahead of a potential release for the device.
Biomedical engineering professor Gregg Suaning said the “Phoenix 99 Bionic Eye” device sees a microchip implanted onto a patient’s eye.
A tiny camera is then placed on a pair of glasses which will wirelessly send images for the microchip to process.
He said: “Users of the bionic eye would see pixelated image that deliver outlines and edges allowing them to navigate their surroundings and help them carry out activities of daily living.
“We hope it will allow people with vision loss to identify if a person, doorway or window is nearby.
“Degenerative disorders impacting the retina affect many millions of people around the world.
“We aim to offer new hope with the introduction of the Phoenix 99 bionic eye system.
“Instructions are sent to a telemetry device implanted behind the patient’s ear, and then as electrical impulses which the brain interprets as a vision.
He added: “The system has been designed to stimulate cells in the retina and help the brain interpret them to deliver a sense of vision in the user.
“If successful we can work to bring the device to a point were regularly approvals in the global market can be obtained.”
Australian Minister for trade and industry Niall Blair praised the device is bringing the idol of bionics to real life.
He said: “The idea of bionics first leapt into the public imagination with the 1970s science fiction action television series the Six Million Dollar Man.
“But Professor Gregg Suaning and his team at the University of Sydney are helping bring it to reality after developing microchip technology to give a sense of vision for those who have lost theirs.
“This is fantastic innovation with potential to change the lives of millions of people who are losing sight from conditions like retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration.”
Many bionic implants have been created to cure a number of ailments, including a bionic hearing aid to deafness.
By Jamie Micklethwaite