Bionic Eye


The first implant, performed by surgeons in Manchester, was implanted into a patient affected by dry-age macular degeneration (MD) and as a result the patient had lost his central vision completely.

How the bionic eye works:

  • The implanted eye picks up images from a camera placed into glasses which the patient wears.
  • The images are transferred into electrical signals, which are then sent to an electrode array in the retina.
  • These electrodes encourage the retinal cells to send the information to the brain .

After the bionic eye was implanted, the patient was able to detect movement of lines on a computer screen.


Image showing the patient who recieved the first implant of a bionic eye to cure dry age related macular degeneration.

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