Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System successfully implanted in advanced Retinitis Pigmentosa patient

Published on November 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM · 2 Comments

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., the world's leading developer of retinal prostheses for the blind, announced that the first ever commercial implantation of such a prosthesis was successfully completed on Saturday, October 29th in Pisa, Italy. The company's Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System ('Argus II') was surgically implanted by Dr. Stanislao Rizzo, Director of the University Hospital Ophthalmic Department of Pisa, in a patient suffering from advanced Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Argus II, which received marketing clearance in Europe earlier this year, becomes the world's first ever commercial implant intended to restore some vision to a previously blind patient.

“This is truly a historic event that has been decades in the making. This milestone is significant for the company and the field of vision restoration, but most importantly, for these patients who now have a treatment option.”

"I am very pleased to offer in Italy for the first time ever this approved treatment for blindness due to RP. I hope that it will encourage patients suffering from this impactful condition to seek medical advice in centers of excellence around Europe, like the one we have here in Pisa," said Dr. Rizzo. "It is wonderful that medicine can now do something for the blind."

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  1. Kelly Walker Kelly Walker Australia says:

    Hi there. My father has advanced stages RP and can no longer drive due to this disease RP. I desperately want to help him seek treatment . He cannot work without being able to drive. He is very depressed due to this. Can you tell md where to recommend my father should contact to offer himself for Human trials for the above mentioned study/ procedure ?? I'd do anything to help dad. If traveling to Italy is part of that , we'll fly out ASAP. Many thanks. Kelly

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