Drugs and Devices

FDA approves first retinal implant for adults with advanced retinitis pigmentosa

On Feb. 20, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, the first implanted device to treat adult patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa. The device, which includes a small video camera, a transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, a video processing unit, and an implanted retinal prosthesis, may improve a patient’s ability to perceive images and movement. Read more.

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