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Since 1st March, 1999
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Sight hope for Stevie

London, Oct. 6: Stevie Wonder has been tested for pioneering a surgery which uses a microchip to restore sight to the blind.

The 55-year-old singer, who has been blind since shortly after birth, is in talks with a leading surgeon who has developed a technique to implant a solar-powered microchip at the back of his eye.

If successful, the sight recovery would be limited and Wonder would not be able to see the faces of his wife and children, but he would be able to perceive simple forms and shapes.

The singer suffers from retinitis pigmentosa which he contracted shortly after birth, when he was given too much oxygen in an incubator.

Wonder has also undergone preliminary talks with Dr Mark Humayun at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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