Within the framework of the Project two retinal electronic implant operations will be performed for the first time in Russia. Implant will allow to see images of objects and faces, even if without details, patients will get an opportunity to self-navigate both indoors and outdoors and acquire social independence. Moreover,not only will we seek to introduce this technology in Russia but also make it accessible for more people from all over country.

Project «Retinal implant surgery»

What do we do

Within the framework of the Project two retinal electronic implant operations will be performed for the first time in Russia. Implant will allow to see images of objects and faces, even if without details, patients will get an opportunity to self-navigate both indoors and outdoors and acquire social independence. Moreover,not only will we seek to introduce this technology in Russia but also make it accessible for more people from all over country.

Who will the results of the research help

Blind and deaf-blind people with a retinal disease – «retinitis pigmentosa». The disease is characterized by gradual and irreversible vision loss resulting in blindness in 100 % of cases striking more than 50 000 Russian citizens at the most socially active period of life – from 25 to 40 years.

 

When will we get first results

August 2017

When is first operation planned

The first operation is planned for June 2017

More on the Project

Name of the Project – «Retinal implant surgery»

Aim of the Project:

Restoring vision to two deaf-blind patients and introducing a new surgical treatment method through performing two retinal implant operations.

Project timeline:

01.02.2017 – 30.10.2017

Partners and Sponsors:

The Deaf-Blind Support Foundation So-edinenie (Con-nection),

Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation,

FSBI «Federal Scientific Clinical Centre of Otorhinolaryngology FMBA of Russia»,

LLC «Trading company «Medical facilities»,

Second Sight Medical Product, Inc.

The Project includes:

  • Selecting two deaf-blind patients diagnosed with «retinal pigment abiotrophy»;
  • Teaching Russian specialists skills necessary to perform the operation, as well as skills needed during pre- and post-operative periods;
  • Performing two retinal implant operations at FSBI «Federal Scientific Clinical Centre of Otorhinolaryngology FMBA of Russia»;
  • Performing post-operative activities, device adjustments and teaching new visual stimuli;
  • Developing a complex methodology to select and prepare patients, support them during retinal implant operation and subsequent rehabilitation.

Results

The main result of the Project is performing two retinal implant operations with a view to introducing in Russian practice a new method of restoring vision to deaf-blind and blind people. Disabled people suffering from a retinal disease – «retinitis pigmentosa» which is characterized by gradual and irreversible vision loss resulting in blindness in 100 % of cases striking more than 50 000 Russian citizens at the most socially active period of life – from 25 to 40 years can undergo retinal implant operations. Impairment of any sensory function is the cause of social deadaptation as the person is deprived of an ability to communicate. In this regard, people with simultaneous hearing and vision impairments come to be the most vulnerable, which reaffirms the Project’s high social significance.

Within the framework of the Project it is also planned to develop a complex methodology of selecting and preparing patients, supporting them during the retinal implant operation and subsequent rehabilitation. These methodologic materials will be in demand among a wide range of specialists and allow to increase efficiency of complex work aimed at restoring functional activity to patients undergoing this surgical treatment.

Besides, it is also planned to develop a training medical and maintenance staff method and an interactive skill-building activity to teach specialists new approaches to visual organ prosthesis. Developing educational component within the Project will allow to prepare qualified personnel and broaden geographical scope of technology implementing.

On the whole, not only will the introduction of this technology in Russia allow in perspective thousands of blind people to become socially independent but also be a viable foundation for developing this high-technology direction domestically with an opportunity to develop affordable national analogues.

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