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.