Pixium Vision will be testing its new IRIS II bionic vision system in a clinical trial. The device can mimic eye function in people affected by Retinitis pigmentosa and Macular degeneration.
Based in Paris (France), Pixium Vision is developing an alternative for people who have lost their sight – a bionic vision restoration system (VRS).
One of our favourite cyborg-like inventions, Pixium’s technology involves an intra-ocular implant that is surgically attached to the surface of the retina.
This implant receives information from a mini-camera placed in a pair of spectacles. The information is projected onto the retinal implant to stimulate the optic nerve – delivering a perception of light and shape.
Now, Pixium is rolling out its improved IRIS II bionic vision system. It has authorisation from the UK regulatory agency (MHRA) to start a new trial, enrolling up to 10 patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa – a group of diseases where the eye photoreceptors die off.