This is wonderful! Duke Eye Center implanted the new Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Sytem. On the video you will be able to hear and see the reaction of the gentleman after having his retinal prosthesis turned on. This is a giant step forward for those that have Retinitis Pigmentosa in regaining some sight. – MDA

Larry Hester, 66, has been blind for half his life from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa.In September, 2014, an electronic stimulator was surgically implanted in his left eye.On October 1st, 2014 Duke eye surgeon Dr. Paul Hahn turned it on for the first time. While the device does not restore vision in the normal sense, it provides light-and-darkness differentiation. He’s the seventh person in the United States to receive the visual aid since the device, known as the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, was approved by the FDA. Duke is only the fourth center in the country to implant the device since approval.

About the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

The Argus retinal prosthesis is an electronic retinal implant produced by the California-based company Second Sight. It is designed primarily to improve the vision of those with severe cases of the inherited disease retinitis pigmentosa. In March 2011, the Argus II version of the system was approved for clinical and commercial use in the European Union. In February 2013, the Argus II became the first commercial visual prosthesis to be approved for use in the United States. The system restores low vision in functionally blind patients. 

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