November 14, 2017
The FDA has granted the Orion Cortical Visual Prosthesis System an Expedited Access Pathway, which is given to select medical devices indicated for the treatment of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases/conditions, according to a press release from Second Sight Medical Products.
The Orion system converts images captured by a small video camera mounted on a patient’s glasses into a series of small electrical pulses. These impulses are transmitted to electrodes implanted on the visual cortex and allow for the perception of patterns of light. The system has the potential to restore vision to people who are completely blind.