Major Breakthrough in eye research! The world’s first ever dry Age Related Macular Degeneration patient received Second Sight Medical Products’ ‘bionic eye’. Initial tests on the 80-year-old individual with no central vision showed that the treatment allowed him to see the outline of people again.
80-year-old Ray Flynn, from Audenshaw in Manchester, is one of the 20 million patients suffering from dry Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). In the western world, the untreatable condition is the leading cause of sight loss. Whilst Mr. Flynn is able to see in the periphery of his vision field, his central eyesight is totally lost. The first tests after surgery, during which doctors gave Mr. Flynn a bionic eye, indicated that the patient has perception in his central vision for the first time again in many years. With the Argus II system switched on, he is able to make out the outline of people and objects even with his eyes closed – thus proving that he is not using any of his remaining natural vision to identify the shapes and outlines.