Life through a Bionic eye

A new video allows everyone the chance to experience the world through the eyes of a patient who has lost much of his central vision to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and as he learns to ‘see’ again with a retinal implant.
The video, produced by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust artist-in-residence Lucy Burscough, tells the story of Ray Flynn, who was implanted with the Argus II bionic eye system in June 2015.

When his retinal implant was switched on, Mr Flynn became the first person in the world to experience artificial and natural vision simultaneously. The Argus II offers some functional vision in his degenerated macula region, alongside his remaining peripheral vision.

Mr Flynn’s doctor, consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon, Professor Paulo Stanga, said that: “On a personal level, this is a very moving as well as an exciting experience, to literally see through Mr Flynn’s eyes and experience the real visual benefits he has gained from his artificial vision.”

 

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Graham Coates, Optometrist partner, Morgan-Owen & Coates Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3EL
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