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First U.S. Patient Implanted with Pixium Vision Retinal Chip
January 22, 2020

First U.S. Patient Implanted with Pixium Vision Retinal Chip

The first U.S. patient has been implanted with the retinal implant device, called PRIMA at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

What is the PRIMA Pixium Vision System?

The Bionic Vision Restoration System, by Pixium Vision, received approval in the fall of 2017 from French regulators for the implant of a retinal chip in patients who have advanced dry macular degeneration (AMD). The chip is surgically placed in the subretinal space and works in conjunction with a headworn camera and a small data transmitter.

Artificial stimulation of degenerated photoreceptor cells allows for better communication between the eye and the brain. The first patient received the Pixium retinal implant and activation of the PRIMA system in France in January of 2018. As of August 30, 2018 all 5 French research participants were implanted with the retinal chip with the systems activated.

"We are pleased to have confirmed the durability of the better than expected outcome in our 6 month interim results in this 12 month data set. The fact that patients were able to not only re-establish light perception but also identify letters suggests that the PRIMA System may soon afford patients life changing improvements in quality of life," reports Lloyd Diamond, Chief Executive Officer of Pixium Vision.

José-Alain Sahel, M.D., director of the UPMC Eye Center, Eye and Ear Foundation chair of ophthalmology, and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who initiated the trial at UPMC states, “We are proud to be the first center in the United States to test this next generation retinal implant that could help treat an incurable disease like AMD.”

Watch a short video and learn how this technology works to stimulate the retina in a new way to improve vision:

Short Vidoe of How Pixium's PRIMA Bionic Vision Restoration System Works to Improve Vision

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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