Advances in Retinal Implants May Help Macular Degeneration Patients

Scientists are developing new technologies that will make retinal implants better.  When diseases like macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa become so advanced, some people may choose to turn to surgically implanted artificial retinal devices.

Existing technology has made it possible for a signal sent from a video camera attached to a pair of glasses to transmit images to device placed on a person’s retina.

New advances at the Italian Institute of Technology show how using organic polymer semiconductor can improve the quality of the images and prevent retinal scarring. They are actually developing ways for this special semiconductor to communicate with the neurons in the brain.  Researchers are hoping these new techniques will eventually allow people with the implants to see more clearly and also see in color, not just black and white.


Retinal implants are not for everyone.  It is possible to slow the progression of degenerative eye diseases without surgery. Learn more about how to slow, stop, or even reverse the progression of diseases like macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa on our complementary treatment pages.