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Manchester professor conducts world’s first bionic eye implant


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Manchester professor conducts world’s first bionic eye implant

 

Date: 22/07/2015


Professor Paulo Stanga led the four hour operation on pensioner Ray Flynn at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital which implanted a device to convert video images from a miniature camera installed in his glasses.

Mr Flynn, 80, has age related macular degeneration, a condition which affects over 500,000 people in the UK. The condition is not painful but it means that central vision is impaired resulting in people being unable to read or drive and having difficulty recognising faces.

For Mr Flynn this meant he was unable to watch his beloved Manchester United on television or do gardening. He was fitted with the device in June which was activated on 1 July and Professor Stanga is delighted with the results.

“Mr Flynn’s progress is truly remarkable,” said Professor Stanga. “He is seeing the outline of people and objects very effectively.

“The dry form of AMD is a common, but untreatable condition. In the western world, it is the leading cause of sight loss. Unfortunately, with an ageing population, it is becoming more common."

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Source: University of Manchester

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