MANCHESTER – The first bionic eye implant has been performed by Surgeons in Manchester which helps a pensioner to see again by restoring his fading sight.
Ray Flynn, 80, has dry age-related macular degeneration which has led to the total loss of his central vision.
He is using a retinal implant which converts video images from a miniature video camera worn on his glasses.
He said: “There was like a honeycomb in the centre of my eye. That has gone. I can now walk in the garden and see things.”
Ray had the implant last month at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in a four-hour op near his home in Audenshaw.
And he is now the first person with combined natural and artificial sight. Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, Argus II converts video images from a miniature camera in Ray’s glasses into a series of tiny electrical pulses sent wirelessly to electrodes on the surface of his retina.
The pulses result in the perception of patterns of light in the brain, which explains why he can also manage to see with his eyes closed.
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