Prosthesis brings partial sight to the blind

02/6/2013 | Discovery

Sixty electrodes implanted in the eye's retina and glasses with a special mini-camera are bringing hope to some who are blind. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System was developed by Second Sight Medical Products and is currently providing varying degrees of partial vision for 60 patients afflicted with a disease in which retinal photoreceptors degenerate. The Argus system works like these photoreceptors, converting light into electrochemical impulses that the brain then decodes into images.

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