Manchester Royal Eye Consultant flies to Asia to share Bionic Eye expertise
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Consultant, Dr Paulo Stanga,
recently flew to Taiwan to supervise the first ever implantation of
a 'bionic eye' in Asia. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System made
by Second Sight, which Dr Stanga implanted in to first UK patient
Keith Flynn at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2015, was
successfully performed by Dr. Yih-Shiou Hwang and his team at Chang
Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), in Linkou, Taiwan in a 40-year-old
patient who suffers from blindness caused by retinal degeneration.
The sharing of expertise will give patients with Retinitis
Pigmentosa (RP) the opportunity to lead more independent lives.
RP is a rare, hereditary disease that causes
a progressive degeneration of the light-sensitive cells of the
retina, leading to significant visual impairment and ultimately
blindness. There are an estimated 1.2 million people worldwide with
Second Sight's Argus II works by converting
video images captured by a miniature camera housed in the patient's
glasses into a series of small electrical pulses that are
transmitted wirelessly to electrodes on the surface of the retina.
These pulses stimulate the retina's remaining cells resulting in
the corresponding perception of patterns of light in the brain. The
patient then learns to interpret these visual patterns to regain
some visual function.