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"I did more research, and realized I almost would rather be a biologist than a writer, because there was incredible stuff going on!"
- Greg Bear

Artificial eye  
  A surgically-implanted artificial eyeball.  

As far as I know, this is the first reference to a working, artificial eye in sf.

His left eye was artificial and his face bore dozens of tiny, threadlike scars; for not even the marvelous plastic surgery of that age could repair entirely the ravages of space-combat.
From Galactic Patrol, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Street and Smith in 1937
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