First "Bionic Eye" Available in US for patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa8:51 AM
On February 15th, the Argus II retinal prosthesis was given the final clearance by the FDA as an ocular device to restore some amount of sight to patients with advanced Retinitis Pigmentosa (or RP). This devastating disease is usually genetically inherited, and can cause severe vision loss as the photoreceptors in the retina are progressively destroyed. While only about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease, this is the first medical device that has been proven to restore some of their lost vision. In these patients, even a little help can make a difference in their daily life.
|Argus II consists of a camera mounted on a pair of glasses|
|The camera device transmits info to an implanted electrode, seen here|