Seeing: the future
80% of cases of blindness are said to be avoidable or curable, thanks to recent medical and technological progress. This week we check out the latest innovations helping people to see.
The future of artificial retinas looks promising. After having electrodes fitted into their inner eyes, patients are able to perceive forms and shapes.
Surprisingly, not being able to see is not always caused by eyesight problems. We meet a little girl born blind who learnt to see after following an education and rehabilitation programme.
To play sport, coordinating eyesight and bodily movements is crucial. To help blind people coordinate their movements better, an NGO, ASLAA, runs tandem rides for the visually-impaired. We have a go in Paris.
Baseball for the blind is proving popular with both sighted and non-sighted players. We have a look at how the sport is developing in Milan.
During the programme we also meet an art whisperer - a volunteer in Paris who spends her free time describing artwork to partially-sighted individuals.