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What’s next for vision prosthesis?

A summary of the 2-day FDA public workshop on implants for vision restoration

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  • Relative to the prevalence of blindness, the research investment is muted compared to other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • There is a need to establish ethical principles of non-abandonment, affirming rights and post-care plans for implanted devices.
  • The devices need to be put in the context of what they can actually achieve, which is artificial vision. Vision restoration is not accurate and can cause unrealistic expectations.
  • The diversity of perspectives is a critical element of device development.
  • Conversations with condition-based groups and the researchers help to formulate what is meaningful related to a specific technology, as well as identify the attributes that are most important to those with lived experience.
  • Informed consents need to change from a single incident to an on-going conversation.
  • This effort requires a collaborative community approach to tackle the challenges, fill the gaps and spark innovation not only in technology design, but the entire process from lab to every day use.



Neurotechnology is medical electronics interacting with the human nervous system. We share the latest developments, applications for neurological and psychiatric conditions and ways to access.

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