Peter B.

How did the disease manifest in your case?

I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of six. During school, I noticed already some restrictions. The disease develops insidiously. I was able to get my driver’s license and until the end of 20 I was mobile. My night blindness was followed by tunnel vision and finally central vision gradually weakened. At the age of 30, I had to return my driver's license. I was completely blind at the age of 45 and two years later I decided to get the chip implanted. 

 

Why did you choose the RETINA IMPLANT Alpha AMS?

When I heard about this possibility I had for the first time the feeling that I could do something about the disease. To take an active role and regain access to the future. Before I was always told that you cannot do anything against RP. Besides the emotional gain I was also convinced about the future viability of the chip. At the current state you cannot expect any miracles. But I am convinced that the development of this medical technology is going in the right direction. For me it was a great motivation to be part of the scientific progress. I wanted to achieve something for myself and I wanted to get involved. These expectations have been fulfilled.

How was the implantation for you and how did you experience the time just after?

The implantation was very well prepared. All involved have shown a great calm and expertise. In turn, this calmed down my wife and me. However, the operation should not be underestimated. Before surgery I joked that the only thing I had to do was sleeping while others have to work. But the first 24 hours after the surgery were very stressful for me. Four weeks later, the chip was activated.

 

How did the implant affect your life?

After the activation of the implant in a lab twelve white letters on a black background were presented to me. I recognized all twelve. No mistakes! I was very proud. It was also fascinating that I recognized lines again. The chip helped me to orientate myself better in the dark. Especially with strong light sources and contrasts. But this is not possible without training. You have to learn how to use the information the chip provides. The benefit of the chip has therefore a very strong emotional component: I am involved again. That gave me hope and confidence.

 

In how far would you recommend the Retina Implant?

The chip is can be compared to a partnership. Just being passive and expect the chip to work wonders and solve all the problems, it will not work. It's about the willingness to deal with it. This creates activity and, ultimately, the personal benefit. I can recommend the implant to anyone who is reasonably and fully informed and who has a realistic expectation to himself and the implant.