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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

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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