The Bionics Institute embarked on developing a bionic eye with the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) in 2007. As a member of the nationwide Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) consortium established in 2010, we used our experience in implant design and safety and biocompatibility studies to develop a safe and effective electrode array to stimulate the retina.

Based on our successful clinical trial of a bionic eye prototype (2012–2014), the Bionics Institute and collaborators were awarded NHMRC funding, with support from Bionic Vision Technologies Ltd, to undertake a clinical trial with an advanced ‘take home’ wide-view bionic eye. Four patients with late-stage Retinitis Pigmentosa were implanted with this second generation device in 2018, and have demonstrated improved and sustained performance on functional vision tests throughout the clinical trial.

If you would like to register your interest in future eye research trials, please sign up to the Centre for Eye Research Australia Clinical Trials Registry. For any other enquiries, phone 03 9929 8066 to leave your name and number and a member of the research team will return your call.

Further information

Click here to download our factsheet or view the press release from Bionic Vision Technologies.

Research team

Program leader: Dr Matt Petoe

Team members: Dr David Nayagam, Mr Sam Titchener, A/Prof Chris Williams

Collaborators: Dr Penelope Allen (CERA), Ms Maria Kolic (CERA), Dr Carla Abbott (CERA), Dr Lauren Ayton (CERA), Dr Chi Luu (CERA), A/Prof Nicholas Barnes (ANU)