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Watch: North Carolina man blinded for 33 years sees again with bionic eye  

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Posted at 7:57 AM, Oct 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-11 07:57:16-04

Durham, N.C. – The moment a North Carolina man blinded for 33 years sees again with a bionic eye was captured in this heartwarming video.

Larry Hester lost his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. But a new electronic system can help him see shapes and light, according to The New York Daily News.

Duke Medicine posted the touching video to YouTube earlier this week. The YouTube description reads:

“Larry Hester, 66, has been blind for half his life from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In September, 2014, an electronic stimulator was surgically implanted in his left eye. On October 1st, 2014 Duke eye surgeon Dr. Paul Hahn turned it on for the first time. While the device does not restore vision in the normal sense, it provides light-and-darkness differentiation. He’s the seventh person in the United States to receive the visual aid since the device, known as the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, was approved by the FDA. Duke is only the fourth center in the country to implant the device since approval. Learn more here: http://www.dukemedicine.org/blog/#!/n…”