British pensioner first to have central vision restored through bionic eye
|Ray Flynn, 80, from Audenshaw, Manchester, is the world’s first patient with advanced dry age related macular degeneration (AMD) to have his central vision restored for the first time in nearly a decade after he received a bionic eye.The bionic eye was developed by Second Sight Medical Products, and called the “Argus II” retinal implant. The procedure took four-hours and works by converting video images captured by a miniature camera housed in the patient’s glasses into a series of small electrical pulses, which are transmitted wirelessly to electrodes on the surface of the retina. These pulses stimulate the retina’s remaining cells, resulting in the corresponding perception of patterns of light in the brain. The patient then learns to interpret these visual patterns to regain some visual function.
Could this be the cochlear implant equivalent for visual impairment?