FDA approves Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System for Retinitis Pigmentosa
The FDA on 14 February 2013 approved the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System from Second Sight Medical Products Inc., the first implanted device to treat adult patients with advanced Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). The device, which includes a small video camera, transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, video processing unit (VPU) and an implanted retinal prosthesis (artificial retina), replaces the function of degenerated cells in the retina (a membrane inside the eye) and may improve a patient�s ability to perceive images and movement. The VPU transforms images from the video camera into electronic data that is wirelessly transmitted to the retinal prosthesis.
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