Human Machine Interface Enables Vision
In June 2015 doctors at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital implant a chip, called the Argus II developed by U.S. firm Second Sight to help relieve age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The implant has been used previously to treat retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that causes gradual loss of sight.
The system works by means of a camera mounted on a pair of eye glasses, which transmits the captured image to the implant. The implant then stimulates the retina, passing along the information.