IamA Blind Canadian who now has some vision because of a 'Bionic Eye'. AMA!
Hi Reddit! My name is Rozina Issani and I lost my eyesight when I was much younger due to an inherited retinal disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. I lived completely blind for decades, until last year, when I became one of only a handful of Canadian patients to have a microchip device, called the Argus II, surgically implanted into the retina of one of my eyes, as part of a medical trial.
This technology, commonly referred to as the 'bionic eye', has helped me regain some vision, so I thought I'd share my unique experience with the IAmA community.
Video about me made by the University Health Network in Toronto: https://youtu.be/QUqa15y6LHo
Note: I'm here today with Dr. Mary Sunderland, Director of Research & Education at the Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada. She's going to help me out with any questions about the surgery/technology that gets too science-y. I'll make note when she chimes in.
So let's get started! Ask Me Anything!
EDIT: Thanks everyone for your questions today! I'm signing off now, but please feel free to keep asking, and I will check back in soon to answer you. Until then, you can read a little more about my story here: http://ffb.ca/featured-stories/the-road-to-treatments/
EDIT 2: Wow! Can't believe what's happened overnight. So many questions coming in! Give me some time to go through them and I'll answer as many as I can as soon as I can. Thanks so much everyone!
EDIT 3: Hey Reddit, I'm having my friend Dr. Mary Sunderland (mentioned in my original post) weigh in on some of the more tech-y and science questions for you now. She'll ID herself in each answer she helps out with