Argus II artificial retina user

Argus II artificial retina user

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Caption: Argus II artificial retina user. The Argus II was developed by US company Second Sight for blind people. It consists of a 60-electrode array implanted in the retina, plus external equipment such as the glasses, a camera (centre of glasses) and an antenna (lower left). Images from the camera pass to a video processing unit (not seen), to the antenna, and then to the retinal implant. Users of this implant are able to perceive contrasts between light and dark areas. This research was carried out at the Institut de la Vision, in Paris, France. Argus II was approved for sale in Europe in 2011.

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