Our Wide-View retinal implant uses some of the technologies which were employed in cochlear implants.
  • The implanted chip has 98 electrodes to stimulate the retina and enable patients to perceive vision.
  • The device is implanted in the suprachoroidal space to protect the retina from mechanical damage during insertion. This placement also helps keep the implant stable and secure in its position.

With this implant, we aim to provide patients the ability to move around large objects such as buildings, cars and park benches and to lead more independent lives.

The Wide-View device may be most suitable for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. Researchers continue work on the device development and preclinical studies in preparation for patient tests with this device in due course.

A diagram showing the wide-view device, which consists of a camera mounted on a pair of glasses, the data is processed and sent to the implanted system via an external wire. The implanted receiver passes signals onto the retinal implant, then electrical signals are sent from the retina via the visual pathway to the vision processing centres in the brain.

 

 

 

Video courtesy of the University of New South Wales.