Artificial Retina Approved By FDA For Retinitis Pigmentosa

Gail Johnson has posted this article
Bionic Eye Implant Approved for U.S. Patients
The sight-restoring implant made by Second Sight is the most advanced prosthetic to date.

Argus 1

The company that makes the device, Second Sight, based in Sylmar, California, can now market the retinal prosthetic to patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can cause blindness. This is the first approved treatment for the disease in the United States.

The company that makes the device, Second Sight, based in Sylmar, California, can now market the retinal prosthetic to patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can cause blindness. This is the first approved treatment for the disease in the United States.

The device, called the Argus II, allows people to make out the sidewalk and stay on it without twisting an ankle, see unexpected obstacles like parked cars, make out a table, see someone coming through a doorway, Some patients can make out large letters, but the main function of the implant is to give patients enough sight to restore mobility.

 

Argus 2

For more info:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/511356/bionic-eye-implant-approved-for-us-patients/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130218

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