Retinal Implant

Restoring Vision Together

The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System

Clara Maass Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey to offer a revolutionary eye implant, the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System, also known as the bionic eye or the retinal implant.

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Renowned vitreoretinal surgeon, Paul Hahn, MD of NJ Retina is the only doctor in New Jersey performing this cutting-edge implant procedure to partially restore vision for patients who have lost their sight due to the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa.

How it Works

The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System consists of two primary pieces, glasses and a retinal implant, which work together to induce visual perception:

  • The glasses are equipped with a video camera that captures images and converts them into a series of small electrical pulses.
  • These electrical pulses are wirelessly transmitted to the retinal implant, which then stimulates the retina’s remaining cells, resulting in a corresponding perception of patterns of light in the brain.

The retinal implant is programmed post-surgery and is intended for only one eye, typically the worse-seeing eye.

Candidate Criteria

If you have late-stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP), you may be a candidate for the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System, a retinal implant that can provide partial sight for individuals with the disease.

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is the first FDA-approved device to restore some functional vision for people suffering from blindness and intended for use in patients with severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa who meet the following criteria:

  • Adults, age 25 years or older.
  • Bare light or no light perception in both eyes.
  • Previous history of useful form vision.
  • Patients will be aphakic or pseudophakic post-operatively.
  • Willing and able to receive the recommended post-implant clinical follow-up, device fitting, and low-vision rehabilitation (five to ten sessions).

To refer a patient, call: 973.450.2000

Meet Dr. Paul Hahn, MD, PhD

Paul Hahn, MDRetinal specialist Dr. Paul Hahn developed an interest in next-generation treatments and cutting edge technologies for vitreoretinal diseases while he was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University’s medical school and a surgeon at Duke University Eye Center. He was the founder and director of the Duke University Center for Artificial and Regenerative Vision, and was the surgeon who implanted the first Argus II “bionic eye” there, restoring vision to a person with total blindness.

He joined the medical staff of Clara Maass Medical Center and NJ Retina in 2016, and is leading our comprehensive ophthalmic program, which is the only one of its kind in New Jersey. Learn more about Dr. Hahn, here.