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Progress in the clinical development and utilization of vision prostheses: an update

Authors Brandli A, Luu C, Guymer R, Ayton L

Received 13 January 2016

Accepted for publication 10 March 2016

Published 11 May 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 15—25


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Margaret Wong-Riley

Alice Brandli, Chi D Luu, Robyn H Guymer, Lauren N Ayton
Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), The University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Abstract: Vision prostheses, or “bionic eyes”, are implantable medical bionic devices with the potential to restore rudimentary sight to people with profound vision loss or blindness. In the past two decades, this field has rapidly progressed, and there are now two commercially available retinal prostheses in the US and Europe, and a number of next-generation devices in development. This review provides an update on the development of these devices and a discussion on the future directions for the field.

Keywords: vision prostheses, bionic eye, vision restoration, blindness, medical bionics, retinitis pigmentosa

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