Second Sights Argus II "Bionic Eye" to receive U.K. government funding
Second Sight announced, following a positive recommendation from advisors to the UK Government's healthcare funding authority for specialized services in England that, for the first time in the UK, the publicly-funded NHS system will fund blind patients with RP to receive treatment with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System "bionic eye". There will be two implantation centers. The hospitals and Second Sight will also provide follow up, rehabilitation and support to patients receiving an Argus II implant. Argus II will be funded via the Commissioning through Evaluation program, especially designed for treatments that show significant promise for the future, while new clinical and patient experience data are collected within a formal evaluation program.