Can you imagine what it’d be like if you couldn’t see clearly or at all? You certainly wouldn’t be able to read this blog with ease and life would be somewhat difficult to navigate through. This is what people who suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or other eye injuries have to live with.
AMD is an eye condition that affects a small part of the retina at the back of the eye called the macula. AMD causes problems with your central vision but doesn’t lead to a total loss of sight and is not painful.
An 80-year-old man from Manchester is the first man in the world to have an artificial retina due to dry AMD, which consisted of a chip being implanted into the back of his eye. Previously, this technology was only used to cure rare eyesight conditions.
The implant is called the Argus II and works by transferring video images, captured by a camera situated in specially designed glasses worn by the patient, into electrical impulses that can be read by the brain.
The electronic impulses are sent wirelessly to the implanted device in the retina, resulting in the perception of patterns of light on the brain. The patient then interprets the patterns to regain some visual function.
A study was carried out in America to test the device for three years on people who were affected by another eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. This is an incurable disease and causes slow vision loss, eventually leading to blindness.
The study proved successful as a viable treatment option for people affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa. There were no device failures in the people tested, but there were cases of significant issues occurring, all of which were successfully treated and corrected.
The MD and lead author of the study, Allen C. Ho, said of the hope that the Argus II can eventually treat eye injuries, "I look forward to future studies with this technology which may make possible expansion of the intended use of the device, including treatment for other diseases and eye injuries."
Eye injuries can occur in all manner of ways. They could occur by foreign objects coming into contact with the eyes or from harmful substances getting into them through no fault of your own. You could be at work or involved in a car accident. You could even be going about your daily business and suddenly find yourself with an eye injury from something as simple as accidentally falling over.
Although not yet available for eye injuries specifically, the Argus II is an exciting prospect for people affected by eye injuries in the hope that their lives can possibly change for the better with this revolutionary technology.
Claims Direct have an array of expert personal injury lawyers who can help you in claiming compensation for an eye injury caused through no fault of your own, be it an eye injury caused at work, in a public place or from a road traffic accident.