19 November 2012
BBC News today reported that “two blind British men have had electronic retinas fitted”. Chris James, 54, and Robin Millar, 60, took part in a clinical trial coordinated by Oxford University and funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Immediately following the procedures, when the implants were switched on, both men were able to detect light and are now beginning to use their restored vision. This early success in these two patients raises hope for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa, which is currently incurable. Up to 10 further patients with retinitis pigmentosa will now be treated as part of this clinical trial, which was carried out at Oxford Eye Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London.
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