Bionic Eye For Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients

Advances in medical technology as particularly exciting to me, as they typically affect a lot of people "right where they live", often in profound or even life-saving ways. University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio is one of the very first US sites to offer consultations for a new prosthetic device for patients with late stage retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, degenerative eye disease affecting nearly 100,000 Americans. The "eye" is a glasses-mounted camera system that connects to the remaining functioning parts of the patients retina, restoring a limited perception of light, dark and shape.
"This is a remarkable breakthrough," said Suber S. Huang, MD, MBA, Director, UH Eye Institute's Center for Retina and Macular Disease, who also served as the Independent Medical Safety Monitor for clinical trials of the system and gave the summary closing to the FDA Ophthalmic devices panel.
"The system offers a profound benefit for people who are blind from RP and who currently have no therapy available to them. Argus II allows patients to reclaim their independence and improve their lives."
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