The bionic eye

The bionic eye is no longer being produced

Imagine receiving the latest medical implant that can partially restore your vision, a bionic eye, now imagine the technology behind your implant no longer being produced or supported.

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That’s what happened to about 350 patients around the world, as the medical start-up company behind a particular implant called Second Sight Medical Products has hit financial difficulties.

Bionic eye technology

Eliza Strickland and Mark Harris from IEEE Spectrum first reported on the story and tell us what happened. iPhone 13 Pro Max – the latest in ophthalmic medicine? As recently as February 2021, the medical journal “The Lancet” reported that

“Almost everyone will experience impaired vision or an eye condition during their lifetime and require eye care services”.

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