Man receives vision-restoring retinal implant at UIC

Tue Nov 29, 2016
Robert Selby, a legally blind 54-year-old man from Hazelwood, Missouri, has retinitis pigmentosa, or RP — a rare, inherited condition that progressively robs sight, leading to blindness or near-total blindness. But with the help of an artificial retina called the Argus II, which was implanted in his left eye in late October at UIC and turned on Nov. 16, he hopes to be able to get around more independently and safely. He is the first person from Missouri to receive the implant, and one of about 60 people in the U.S. with an Argus II.