Project Details

Argus® II

Assisting sight-loss patients with the help of bionic eyes

By Second Sight

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  • Health
  • Social Exclusion

The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System ('Argus II') is intended to provide electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual perception in blind individuals with severe to profound Retinitis Pigmentosa. 

This bionic eye or retinal implant receives its visual information from a miniature camera mounted on glasses worn by the patient. The images are then converted into electrical pulses and transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes attached to the retina. The electrodes stimulate the retina's cells which send the information to the brain. 

In July 2015, surgeons in Manchester performed the first bionic eye implant, so this technology is fast becoming a medical reality. 

Last updated: 12th of October, 2015

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