The first patient in Asia received the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis.

What is it? A retinal implant that provides electrical stimulation which results in visual perception for blind patients.

Who is it for? Severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa patients.

How does it work? A video camera mounted above the bridge of the patients glasses sends information to a small computer worn by the patient. The computer sends signals to the implant which then sends it to the “electrode array” (placed on the retina). Yes, it’s as complicated as it sounds. This animation is helpful. And if you want to watch the (kind-of bloody) surgical procedure, here you go.

Jaclyn Garlich
Dr. Garlich graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 2010 and completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the St. Louis VA. In 2013, she developed an optometry clinical reference mobile app available in the iTunes store. In 2016, she founded 20/20 Glance, a weekly optometry newsletter that gives a rundown on clinically relevant optometry news in an easy to digest format.

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