UK blind patients to be fitted with bionic eye

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The NHS England will fund the procedures for 10 blind patients to be fitted with bionic eyes, which can restore partial eyesight.

The bionic eye is also known as Argus II, which was developed by American company Second Sight Medical Products. The procedure requires the patients to have implants placed in their retinas.They must also wear camera-mounted glasses equipped with transmitters, along with a small computer attached to their waist.

The camera records the scene before them while video is sent to the small computer. The image is then transmitted wirelessly to the implant in the eye. The image is converted into electrical pulses and sent to the electrodes attached to the retina. The electrodes then stimulate the remaining cells in the retina to transmit the image to the brain.

According to NHS England, the procedures will take place in 2017 and the patients will then be monitored for one year in order to assess how the implants have affected their lives.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Implant of the eye
2. A patient wearing a camera-mounted glasses and a small computer
3. The camera records the image; the image is stored in the computer; the image is wirelessly transmitted to the implant
4. The electrodes in the implant receives the image
5. The image generated in the patient’s brain

VOICEOVER (in English):
“To be fitted with a bionic eye, patients patients have to receive implants in their retinas.”

“They also must wear camera-mounted glasses that are equipped with transmitters, along with a small computer attached to their waist.”

“The camera records the scene before them while a video is sent to the small computer. The image is then transmitted wirelessly to the implant in the eye.”

“The image is converted into electrical pulses and sent to the electrodes attached to the retina.”

“The electrodes stimulate the remaining cells in the retina to transmit the image to the brain.”

SOURCES: NHS England, The Guardian, BBC, Second Sight
https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/12/bionic-eye-surgery/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/dec/22/blind-nhs-patients-to-be-fitted-with-pioneering-bionic-eye
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38391247
http://www.secondsight.com/g-the-argus-ii-prosthesis-system-pf-en.html