A unique retinal implant surgery was performed in Russia for the first time

A so called “bionic eye” implant surgery was performed on a deaf-blind patient for the first time in Russia with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. This unique technology will enable implementation of a new surgical method to cure blindness and development of new rehabilitation methods.


This very difficult six-hour long retinal implant surgery was performed in the Federal Scientific Clinical Center of Otorhinolaryngology.

This successful operation was performed on a 59-year-old patient from Chelyabinsk who completely lost his sight because of fast developing retina disease. Thanks to this operation, the patient can have a freedom of movement within and outside his home without any support, he can enjoy social life and independence.

After the implant surgery, a patient is required to undergo a rehabilitation. During rehabilitation, he learns to interpret visual patterns. The first test using electronic equipment was performed in 2,5 weeks after the operation. The tests showed good results meaning that the electrodes were activated and the retinal implant works well.

The operation was sponsored by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. It was a logical step for the foundation as it has been continuously providing support and care to visually impaired people since 2013 when the program “Special View” was launched. The main goal of the program is to take care of people with visual pathologies.

The Argus II implant manufactured by the Second Sight company is one of the most advanced system for cybernetic vision. The implant takes the functions of photoreceptors, light-sensing cells in the retina which are used to transform light into electrical impulses. These impulses are transferred along the optic nerve to the brain. A disorder such as retinitis pigmentosa causes degeneration of these photoreceptors and blindness as a result. Argus II implant is an array of 60 electrodes which are implanted into the retina. The array is connected to a micro receiver attached to the retina which is linked to a portable computer. A signal received by the camera is processed by a portable computer and transmitted to the receiver which activates implanted electrodes. In its turn, these electrodes array starts stimulating healthy cells of the retina and the optic nerve.

The partners of this project are: the fund “Con-nection” supporting deaf-blind people; Laboratory Sensor-Tech; the Federal Scientific Clinical Center of Otorhinolaryngology; and the company Second Sight.


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A unique retinal implant surgery was performed in Russia for the first time
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A unique retinal implant surgery was performed in Russia for the first time
A unique retinal implant surgery was performed in Russia for the first time
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