The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A British man can see again because of a new bionic eye. Ray Flynn, 80, is the first patient in the world to get the new eye. He has one of the most common eyesight problems in the world. It is called AMD. Doctors told him about it eight years ago. His sight became worse and worse. He could only see out of the corners of his eyes. Everything in the centre was blurred. He said that looking at simple things made his eyes tired.



Mr Flynn's bionic eye cost $125,000. Britain's health service hopes it will be cheaper so more people can get one. The operation lasted four hours. Doctors said it was a success. Flynn can now read a newspaper and look at flowers for the first time in many years. His doctor said: "Mr Flynn…is seeing the outline of people and objects very [well]." The doctor hopes scientists can help people who have been blind from birth.

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Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3169864/Eye-sight-breakthrough-thousands-UK-scientists-invent-BIONIC-EYE-save-sight-80-year-old.html#ixzz3gYzWtYRM
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11753949/Bionic-eye-fitted-to-British-pensioner-in-world-first.html
  • http://www.itv.com/news/2015-07-21/bionic-eye-therapy-restores-sight-to-pensioner/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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A British man can

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was blurred

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one of the most common

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and worse

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Doctors told him about

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eyes tired

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His sight became worse

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eyesight problems

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He could only see out of the

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see again

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Everything in the centre

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corners of his eyes

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looking at simple

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it eight years ago

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made his

h.

things



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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Mr Flynn's bionic eye

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of people

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Britain's health

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time in many years

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it will be

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cost $125,000

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The operation lasted

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success

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Doctors said it was a

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from birth

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look at flowers for the first

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service

7.

seeing the outline

g.

four hours

8.

people who have been blind

h.

cheaper

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A British man (1) ___________________ because of a new bionic eye. Ray Flynn, 80, (2) ___________________ patient in the world to get the new eye. He has one (3) ___________________ eyesight problems in the world. It is called AMD. Doctors told him about it (4) ___________________. His sight became worse and worse. He could only (5) ___________________ corners of his eyes. Everything in the centre was blurred. He said that looking at simple things (6) ___________________.

Mr Flynn's (7) ___________________ $125,000. Britain's health service hopes (8) ___________________ so more people can get one. The operation (9) ___________________. Doctors said it was a success. Flynn can now read a newspaper and look at flowers for (10) ___________________ many years. His doctor said: "Mr Flynn…is seeing (11) ___________________ people and objects very [well]." The doctor hopes scientists can help people who have been (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

ABritishmancanseeagainbecauseofanewbioniceye.RayFlynn,80,ist
hefirstpatientintheworldtogettheneweye.Hehasoneofthemostcom
moneyesightproblemsintheworld.ItiscalledAMD.Doctorstoldhimabo
utiteightyearsago.Hissightbecameworseandworse.Hecouldonlysee
outofthecornersofhiseyes.Everythinginthecentrewasblurred.Hesaid
thatlookingatsimplethingsmadehiseyestired.MrFlynn'sbioniceyecos
t$125,000.Britain'shealthservicehopesitwillbecheapersomorepeopl
ecangetone.Theoperationlastedfourhours.Doctorssaiditwasasucces
s.Flynncannowreadanewspaperandlookatflowersforthefirsttimeinm
anyyears.Hisdoctorsaid:"MrFlynn…isseeingtheoutlineofpeopleando
bjectsvery[well]."Thedoctorhopesscientistscanhelppeoplewhohave
beenblindfrombirth.

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WRITING

Write about eyesight for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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