• Ray Flynn, 80, has been unable to make out faces since he developed Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) eight years ago. But in June he was fitted with an electrical implant which sends a video feed directly to the undamaged cells in his retina from a tiny camera attached to his glasses.
  • It means Mr Flynn can not only recognise the faces of his family and watch television in more detail, but while wearing the special video glasses he can even see with his eyes shut. “I can now actually see the face of my brother,” said the retired engineer of Manchester.
  • The bionic eye has already been used successfully for people suffering the condition retinitis pigmentosa but Consultant Ophthalmologist Paulo Stanga at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital wanted to know if it would work for people with AMD.

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