Thesis / Dissertation

Preclinical investigation of electrical field shaping strategies for retinal prostheses

Thomas Charles Spencer, Mohit Shivdasani (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

Retinal prostheses are a promising technology aimed at restoring vision in people suffering severe retinal degenerative conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Present-generation devices achieve this by electrically stimulating the residual neuronal population in the retina following degeneration in order to elicit the perception of light. At present, patients implanted with these devices are able to perceive multiple localised flashes of light, termed phosphenes, which are used to build up an artificial image of the patient's surroundings. However, present-generation retinal implants lack the spatial resolution to provide a suitable replacement for everyday visual tasks. While adequat..

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