India times wrote an opinion piece about the futuristic aspect of bionic eyes research progression. They are referring to the success that Australian scientists had with surgically implanting bionic eyes in sheep. The paperwork to initiate clinical trials has just been filed.
What this means for Usher syndrome: Usher syndrome patients may already be familiar with the concept of "bionic hearing" with the technology that cochlear implants provide to restore hearing. Perhaps one day, bionic eyes will become the new norm to restore artificial eyesight in those who have severe vision loss.