The actual device is a two-part system. First, an implanted stimulator is attached to the eye. Then, a communication module is also implanted behind your ear.
In this three-month trial, a sheep model was used to assess the body’s physical response to implantation.
The results allowed for some improvements to the implantation procedure but were otherwise very successful. Now, researchers are hopeful that human trials will come next.
“Our team is thrilled by this extraordinary result. We hope that through this technology, people living with profound vision loss from degenerative retinal disorders may be able to regain a useful sense of vision,” Eggenberger added.
To learn more about the Phoenix Bionic Eye, visit the complete study here.