February 05, 2018
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First patient receives Orion cortical visual prosthesis

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The first human patient was implanted with the Orion cortical visual prosthesis system, according to a press release from Second Sight Medical Products.

The implantation was completed by Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in January as part of a feasibility study.

The Orion captures images with a miniature video camera mounted on the patient’s glasses and converts them to a series of small electrical pulses, which are delivered wirelessly to an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the visual cortex, the release said.

“The first-in-human implant of the Orion is a significant milestone for Second Sight and a critical step forward in meeting our company’s mission to develop devices that could potentially treat nearly all forms of blindness,” Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD, Second Sight chairman of the board, said in the release.

An additional four patients are expected to be enrolled in the feasibility study.