Orly Shamir – First Canadian to Receive ‘Bionic Eye’

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Originally posted on CBC Radio ~ Posted Nov 19, 2014

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As part of our series By Design, we hear why doctors believe this kind of technology may transform the lives of the visually impaired.

About half-a-million Canadians spend their lives in permanent twilight or total darkness. By various degrees, the quality of their lives is affected by severe vision loss.

Olry Shamir was born with a degenerative eye disease that claimed her vision completely 20 years ago. Now, she has had a cluster of electrodes surgically mounted onto her retina as part of a device expected to eventually allow her to regain an element of sight.

This is thanks to a new device called the Argus II

To find out more about the device, and discuss potential challenges, we were joined by three guests:

Orly Shamir is the first Canadian to receive the Argus II, otherwise known as the ‘bionic eye’.

Dr. Robert Devenyi is Orly Shamir’s surgeon, and a Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Ryan Knighton is an author and screenwriter. He also has Retinitis Pigmentosa.

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