Loss of sight significantly degrades the quality of human life. Various methods for restoring the vision of blind patients have been studied and range from biological ways to electronic devices. Ever since a visual prosthesis device demonstrated that electrical signals have the beneficial effect of generating phosphenes, their subsequent development has progressed rapidly. Implantation of an electronic prosthetic device in a visually-impaired person allows the individual to recognize the phase and movement of an object. In addition, several commercially approved prosthetic devices have demonstrated successful long-term stability. However, there are some challenges that need to be solved. In this work, we assess the current technology levels of retinal prosthesis devices (categorized by implant location), and then suggest possible directions for future retinal prosthesis devices.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
J.J. and H.K conducted the projects and contributed equally to the work. Y.M.S. discussed and revised manuscript. J.-U.P. oversaw the work and revised all materials. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science & ICT (MSIT) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of Korea through the National Research Foundation (2019R1A2B5B03069358 and 2016R1A5A1009926), the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program (2018M3A9F1021649), the Nano Material Technology Development Program (2015M3A7B4050308 and 2016M3A7B4910635), and the Industrial Technology Innovation Program (10080577). Also, the authors thank financial support by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R026-D1) and the Research Program (2018-22-0194) funded by Yonsei University. National Research Foundation of Korea (2016R1A5A1009926, 2019R1A2B5B03069358); The Bio & Medical Technology Development Program (2018M3A9F1021649); Nano Material Technology Development Program (2015M3A7B4050308, 2016M3A7B4910635); Industrial Technology Innovation Program (10080577); Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R026-D1); Yonsei University (2018-22-0194).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials