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A close-up of one of Geordi La Forge's ocular implants

An ocular implant was an artificial medical device which was used to replace or augment a damaged or missing eye.

By the 2360s, ocular implants were a common medical prosthesis in the United Federation of Planets. In 2365, Doctor Katherine Pulaski offered the procedure to Geordi La Forge, but he refused on the grounds that the technology was not yet advanced enough to afford the same visual range as his VISOR. (TNG episode: "Loud as a Whisper")

By the early 2370s, implant technology had advanced markedly, with bio-neural circuitry replacing the Aroeste interface. In 2372, Admiral Jeremiah Hayes determined that the VISOR posed an unacceptable security risk, and ordered La Forge to undergo ocular implant surgery, or else give up his post aboard the USS Enterprise-E. Though initially resistant, La Forge eventually consented. (TNG eBook: Slings and Arrows: The Insolence of Office) The implants were similar in appearance to a normal humanoid eye, with mechanized detailing on the irises and pupils. (TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact)

In 2373, Klingon General Martok refused Julian Bashir's offer of receiving an ocular implant to replace the eye he lost while imprisoned by the Jem'Hadar. (DS9 episode: "Soldiers of the Empire")

The Borg often augmented their drones with ocular implants, among others. (TNG episode: "Q Who?" et al.) Seven of Nine's left eye was removed and replaced with Borg implants. Upon her rescue by Voyager, the Doctor replaced those implants with an ocular implant designed to resemble her other natural eye. (VOY episode: "The Gift")

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Close-up of ocular implant

An ocular implant is a device allowing blind or visually-impaired people to gain artificial eyesight. The implant is usually installed within the eyeball or replaces the eyeball entirely and usually appears to be a regular eye until the viewer is up close, where the intricate internal workings can be revealed on the iris and pupil.

Originally rejecting the technology in 2365, stating it was not advanced enough, USS Enterprise-D chief engineer Geordi LaForge swapped his VISOR for ocular implants sometime between 2371 and 2373. Like his VISOR, his implants gave him the abilities such as detecting heat changes in the infrared spectrum and telescopic zooming. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Marx Richtor sported an ocular implant in the mirror universe. (Star Trek: New Empire)

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