Journal article

Development of a Magnetic Attachment Method for Bionic Eye Applications

Kate Fox, Hamish Meffin, Owen Burns, Carla J Abbott, Penelope J Allen, Nicholas L Opie, Ceara McGowan, Jonathan Yeoh, Arman Ahnood, Chi D Luu, Rosemary Cicione, Alexia L Saunders, Michelle McPhedran, Lisa Cardamone, Joel Villalobos, David J Garrett, David AX Nayagam, Nicholas V Apollo, Kumaravelu Ganesan, Mohit N Shivdasani Show all

ARTIFICIAL ORGANS | WILEY | Published : 2016


Successful visual prostheses require stable, long-term attachment. Epiretinal prostheses, in particular, require attachment methods to fix the prosthesis onto the retina. The most common method is fixation with a retinal tack; however, tacks cause retinal trauma, and surgical proficiency is important to ensure optimal placement of the prosthesis near the macula. Accordingly, alternate attachment methods are required. In this study, we detail a novel method of magnetic attachment for an epiretinal prosthesis using two prostheses components positioned on opposing sides of the retina. The magnetic attachment technique was piloted in a feline animal model (chronic, nonrecovery implantation). We ..

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Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through its Special Research Initiative (SRI) in Bionic Vision Science and Technology grant to Bionic Vision Australia (BVA). CERA receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government and is supported by a NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence Award (#529923). The Bionics Institute acknowledges the support received from the Victorian Government through its Operational Infrastructure Program.