Blindness and low vision can restrict people's ability to lead independent lives.
Common vision problems
Vision can be affected in a number of ways. Some structures within the eye may not be ideally formed, or may have been damaged, impeding their function.
Corrective eyewear and laser eye surgery can address some problems with the light-focussing functions of the eye (such as cataracts, astigmatism and myopia). These problems are usually a result of structural abnormalities within the eye and its component parts.
Problems with the light-processing functions of the eye are usually caused by abnormalities of the retina and macula such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. They cannot be addressed with corrective eyewear or laser eye surgery and it is these problems that we are seeking to address with a retinal implant.
Targeted medical conditions
Globally, over one and a half million people have progressive vision loss as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, the primary cause of inherited blindness.
In Australia, over 50,000 people suffer from profound blindness. Age-related macular degeneration affects people over the age of 65 and is responsible for almost half of all legal blindness in Australia.
The financial cost of profound vision loss is significant - in Australia alone it has been estimated at upwards of $2.5 billion, annually.
We are committed to developing vision prostheses to help ease the burden of profound blindness in patients with the two most common conditions to cause profound blindness - age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.