Glen Burnie resident shows vision

February 26, 2013 by  

The first ever implanted artificial retina to win U.S. regulatory approval will is hoped to bring back the vision of adults going due to a rare eye disease and let them do daily tasks, and a Glen Burnie senior has put his name forward as a volunteer to receive the treatment.

Elian Konstantopoulos, 74, volunteered to have Argus II implanted as a part of clinical trial. He said:

“I became completely blind and didn’t have nothing to lose. [Now] there’s a lot of hope.”

Inventor Alfred E. Mann, chairman of the Second Sight Medical Products Inc. received the Food and Drug Administration clearance for the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, if agency statements are to be believed. The system helps adults suffering from advanced retinitis pigmentosa, which causes gradual loss of vision by damaging the light-sensitive cells lining the retina.

The device, costing in excess of $100K, consists of a video camera, eyeglasses mounted transmitter, and a processing unit. The system does not restore sight, but it gives patients the ability to make out the difference between dark and light.

Robert Greenberg, president and chief executive officer of Sylmar, said:

“This is a game changer. The product represents a huge step for the field and for patients who were without any available treatment options till now.”

According to a clinical study conducted on 30 people, the device helped patients detect street curbs, recognize large letters, and even match black, white, and gray colored socks. Printing services can play a large role in this procedure my providing material that can help test the patient’s new eye and vision, after the procedure has been completed successfully.