The Emotional Moment This Man Saw For The First Time In 33 Years Thanks To A 'Bionic Eye'

October 14, 2014 12:56 PM

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Larry Hester, a 66-year-old tire salesman from Raleigh, North Carolina, has spent the latter half of his life blind, due to a degenerative condition called retinitis pigmentosa that destroyed his photoreceptor cells. But thanks to new "bionic eye" technology, and Dr. Paul Hahn and his team at Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina, Hester is no longer entirely in the dark, reported

"It was incredible," Hester says in the video from Duke Medicine about his new sense of vision. "It was bright and it was significant, and I just had to take a deep breath... It was hard to articulate what I was feeling, but I wanted to share it with everybody I could grab at the time and hug."

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