The NHS To Offer Blind Patients Bionic Eyes In "Pioneering" New Treatment

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The NHS has today announced that it will fund a pioneering new bionic eye implant for 10 blind patients.

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Five patients with a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa will be treated at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, as well as five at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London next year.

Recipients will be given a pair of glasses mounted with a camera, which captures light and sends wireless signals to an implant in the retina. The implant will then send this information to the brain to help patients regain a level of sight.

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Dr Jonathan Fielden, director of specialised commissioning at NHS England said: "This highly innovative NHS-funded procedure shows real promise and could change lives.

"The NHS has given the world medical innovations ranging from modern cataract surgery, new vaccines and hip replacements.

"Now once again the NHS is at the forefront of harnessing ground-breaking science for the benefit patients in this country."

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