NEEC surgeons perform first “bionic eye” implant in New England

BOSTON (June 28, 2017) – New England Eye Center doctors Michelle Liang and Andre Witkin recently performed the first “bionic eye” implant in New England here at Tufts Medical Center. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis system is an implant for the eye that can partially restore vision for patients who are blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Michelle C. Liang, MD

Michelle Liang, MD
New England Eye Center

Andre J. Witkin, MD
Andre J. Witkin, MD
New England Eye Center

The Argus II is an electrode implant that receives signals from an external video processing unit and is based on what the patient sees through a video camera housed in special glasses. The video is processed and signals are sent wirelessly to the implant to stimulate the retinal cells and transmit visual information to the brain, creating the perception of patterns of light. Over time, users learn how to interpret these visual patterns as objects and shapes.

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