First Bionic Eye To Be Trialed In Victoria

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Media Release


For Immediate Release






Date: December 15, 2009


First bionic eye to be trialed in Victoria 


The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital welcomes today’s funding announcement for the

development of Australia’s first bionic eye.


As Bionic Vision Australia’s clinical partner,

the Eye and Ear will be the clinical site of the first

implantation.


As a world leading centre for excellence in ophthalmology, the Eye and Ear supports government

initiatives for innovation in eye and ear health care. 


Chief Executive Officer of the Eye and Ear Ms Ann Clark said she is delighted with the

opportunity to trial the new technology here in Victoria.


“There are a number of partners that contributed

and we congratulate everyone involved in

today’s announcement. “


“The development of this technology will allow patients to benefit from clinical trials which are

planned in the next two years. “


“Our research partnerships with the Centre for Eye Research Australia and the Bionic Ear

Institute, who are part of Bionic Vision Australia, allow the seamless integration of research into

clinical care through our surgeons who are part of the partnership. Our involvement means

patients have access to innovative new treatments.”


“Our hearing impaired patients have had the opportunity of having their hearing restored through

the bionic ear, which was developed at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and now we

hope to do the same for our vision impaired patients through the bionic eye.”


It is hoped the bionic eye will benefit people with conditions like Retinitis Pigmentosa and Age

Related Macular Degeneration – one of the leading causes of vision impairment.




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The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is a teaching, training and research health service

specialising in the area of eye and ear, nose and throat health. It is Australia’s pre-eminent

specialist eye and ENT hospital and undertakes 90% of Victoria’s specialist eye surgery.


For more information or to arrange an interview contact:


Louise Purcell

Communications Officer

Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital

Mob: 0412 887 170 

Ph: (03) 9929 8689







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