A Renaissance Man, Sightless

| November 3, 2000

A Renaissance Man, Sightless, Jessie Seyfer, Wired News
Gordon Gund, suffering from retinal pigmentosa, began to go blind at the age of 25. However, advances in retinal implants have given Gund, now 60 and completely blind, newfound hope. Wired News, in a series of articles on retinal implants, speaks with Gund about his experiences with blindness and his hopes for burgeoning retinal technology. Speaking frankly about his blindness, Gund tells of a desperation so great early on that he visited a host of quack doctors. His frenzied journey culminated in a Cold War-era hospital in Odessa, Ukraine, where he had to endure painful and useless eye treatments. Surprisingly, though, Gund remains optimistic about new technologies that may one day cure blindness. 'I still harbor hope for myself,' he says. 'I think the retinal chip could help once its resolution is improved and it's proven safe. It's truly a step forward.' -- Anjula Razdan
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