Retired woman regained her sight with an implanted chip

(ORDO NEWS) — A British pensioner was the first in the country to have an eye chip implanted.

In the UK, an 88-year-old woman regained her sight with the help of an eye implant. This is reported by The Guardian.

A resident of the London suburb of Dagenham was the first patient in the country to have an eye chip implanted.

A pensioner who suffers from geographic atrophy has lost sight in her left eye. With the help of the Prima System, she was helped to see again.

The device, invented jointly by British and French engineers, is a chip and special glasses. The two-millimeter implant is placed directly under the retina of the patient who wears glasses.

The chip uses a camera to capture an image, transmits it to a computer, which returns the image through the retinal cells to the brain. The brain interprets the signal in a similar way to how natural vision works.

“This groundbreaking device offers hope for a successful outcome for those suffering from visual loss,” said surgeon Mahi Muqit, who performed the operation. According to the doctor, the success of this operation and the data collected during the study allows many people to regain their sight.

In November, British specialists performed the first operation to install a 3D-printed eye. Printing an artificial eye on a printer took about two hours, in the UK about 60 thousand people need to use an eye prosthesis.


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