Achievements

Argus® II prosthesis: a major breakthrough in vision science

In 2015, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont was selected by medical technology firm Secondsight to become the first medical centre in Quebec to be able to implant the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System.

The HMR Foundation is proud to have contributed to this major breakthrough in the field of vision science by making the procedure available to the first patient for $250,000.

Cause for hope, Argus® II represents the technology of the future and opens the door to yet-unseen possibilities. Thanks to a chip implanted in the retina, a miniature video camera mounted on the patient’s glasses and small pulses of electricity that create the perception of patterns of light, this prosthesis gives people who are blind a chance to recover some of their sight.

The Argus® II prosthesis allows people suffering from a degenerative eye disease to recognize shapes or large objects, locate people, determine where doorways are, or to follow lines or curbs. This device provides invaluable aid to greatly facilitate daily activities.

In summary

Year

2015

Sector

Research

Ophtalmology

Amount Invested

$250,000