The Bionic Eye

The Bionic EyeThe world’s first “Bionic Eye” received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. earlier this year in Feb 2013. This marks an important milestone in restoring sight for the visually impaired.

The Bionic Eye, named as Argus II retinal prosthetic system is an implanted, sight enhancing device that restores partial sight to people diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

The device uses a small video camera attached to glasses that transmits images to a sheet of electrode sensors that have been implanted into the patient’s retina. The sensors then transmit signals to the brain via the optic nerve. The device helps replace the damaged cells of the retina and allow patients see images, outlines or detect movement. More research is in progress to broaden the application of Argus II to other eye diseases.

To watch the video showing how the Bionic Eye works, click on the following link:

http://www.2-sight.eu/ee/home-ee/

 

Watch how the Bionic Eye helped a woman who could not see for 20 years to experience what it felt to see again, click on the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/02/14/science/100000002039719/the-fda-approves-a-bionic-eye.html