First Bionic Eye Second Sight

World’s First Bionic Eye Receives FDA Approval

The new retinal prosthesis, called Argus II, can restore partial sight to people blinded by a degenerative eye disease.

By Emily Elert
Posted 02.14.2013 at 2:10 pm

This morning, I was speaking with Brian Mech, the vice-president of the medical device company Second Sight, when his land-line rang. Mech had just been telling me about the fifteen years his company has spent developing the Argus II, a retinal prosthesis that restores partial sight to people with a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It had been a long process, Mech said, but he can count on one hand the number of days he hasn’t woken up excited about the work ahead. And they were nearing the end–Europe approved the Argus II in 2011, and the FDA was expected to give the green light some time soon.

When his other line rang, Mech excused himself and set down the phone. I could hear a muffled version of his other conversation. After a few seconds, I heard “I gotta go,” and then he was back. “Emily,” he said, “I’m going to have to run: FDA approval just came through.”

And with that, the U.S. has its first bionic eye.

Read more: World's First Bionic Eye Receives FDA Approval | Popular Science.

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