First bionic chip which restored sight of a blind british
A team of surgeons from Oxford, led by Professor Robert MacLaren, fitted a bionic microchip with only 3 millimeters in dimension behind the retina, in a surgical intervention which lasted 8 hours.
“I always thought that will come the day when I will see again. Now for the first time in 25 years, I dreamed in color,” said Chris James, the first patient who received the bionic microchip.
Chris James, from Wiltshire, is one of two lucky patients who had access to this innovative technology. The second patient who received this revolutionary microchip is Robin Millar, a man aged 60 years from London.
A few weeks after surgery, they may see again the light and shapes of different objects.
Doctors say that, over time, patients can accurately distinguish images. Ophthalmology experts who developed the bionic microchip are very satisfied with the outcome that is, also, a good news for sufferers of retinitis pigmentosa.
More over, another ten britain will benefit from this type of microchip in the project led by the team of doctors from Oxford. Their technique was developed after more than six years, but they still need a number of trading licenses.
Retinitis pigmentosa is characterized by progressive degeneration of the retina of both eyes and causes visual loss. One of 3,000-4,000 people suffer from this condition.