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Artificial Retinas To Give Sight To The Blind

Image credit: Nano Retina

Around 30 million people worldwide have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – one of the leading causes of blindness in middle-aged and older adults. Researchers are investigating a number of ways that could potentially treat or completely cure AMD and its consequent blindness.

Creating artificial retinas to replace and/or restore function in the damaged ones is just one of the more promising ones. Here are a few videos detailing different teams and their respective products currently being developed with the goal of restoring sight to the blind.

Bio-retina could be boon for the blind

An Israeli company called Nano Retina has developed an artificial retina to restore sight to millions blinded by retinal disease. Called Bio-Retina, the implant mimics the function of the natural retina when age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or diseases like Retinosis Pigmentosa take hold.

Original story by Tara Cleary for Reuters:

Nano Retina is developing an ultra small, easy to implant, artificial retina designed to restore sight. The device is called Bio-Retina and in essence it is a bionic retina designed to restore sight to those suffering from retinal degenerative diseases. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are among the causes of degenerative blindness.


Retinal prosthesis a potential boon for the blind

Researchers at Stanford University in California are developing a retinal prosthesis system they hope will one day give millions of blind people the ability to see again. The system has proved successful with rats but is designed ultimately for sufferers of degenerative retinal diseases like Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Original story by Ben Gruber for Reuters:

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