Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) inflicts most Western elderly adults at the age of 70-80. The condition affects about 500,000 individuals in the United Kingdom. Eyesight loss is attributed to aging cells, which fail to provide the needs of the eye to retain vision.
A ground-breaking operation in June on a retired 80-years-old engineer has him an electrical implant that sends a video feed to his undamaged cells in his retina. The bionic eye uses a small camera that is attached to his glasses.
On July 1, the retired engineer Ray Flynn had booted up the system for the first time. He was slowly getting used to how the machine works. He claimed it had helped improved his life.
The Argus II bionic eye by Second Sight Medical Products will take about four-hours to transplant to patients. The experimental medical operation is to be performed on 130 blind patients.
Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreo-retinal surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital hailed the operation as a huge success. He commended Flynn’s progress as remarkable as he sees the outline of people and objects very clearly.
“Ray had to do everything with his peripheral vision, it’s very tiring, it is exhausting, What we are hoping to achieve is to improve Ray’s central vision so he does not have to work so hard with his peripheral vision.
“This is new information that Ray’s brain is receiving and his brain now needs to get use to interpreting it.”