‘Bionic eye' helps man see for the first time in more than a half-century

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

9NEWS - AURORA, Colo. (KUSA) - It's fair to say everyone in Pretty Prairie, Kansas loves Raymond Graber.

He is a chipper and charming gentleman who recently turned 88-years-old. Unlike some folks his age, Raymond loves technology and enjoys learning how to use it.

He is also fiercely independent. His abilities and personality overshadow the fact that he can't see anything.

Raymond was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a disease that caused cells in the retina to slowly die. For the first 25 years of his life, he was able to read bold headlines of a newspaper, and then everything went away. Despite the darkness, Raymond says he didn't change much.

"In other words, if I were to blindfold you, you would still be who you are, you'd still do what you're doing," Raymond said.

But now, he's seeing again for the first time thanks to new technology and doctors at UCHealth Eye Center at the University of Colorado.

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