Pattern electrical stimulation of the human retina

Mark S. Humayun, Eugene De Juan, James D. Weiland, Gislin Dagnelie, Steve Katona, Robert Greenberg, Satoshi Suzuki

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Experiments were conducted to study if electrical stimulation of the retinal surface can elicit visual sensation in individuals blind from end- stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP) or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Under local anesthesia, different stimulating electrodes were inserted through the eyewall and positioned over the surface of the retina. Subjects' psychophysical responses to electrical stimulation were recorded. Subjects perceived simple forms in response to pattern electrical stimulation of the retina. A non-flickering perception was created with stimulating frequencies between 40 and 50 Hz. The stimulation threshold was dependent on the targeted retinal area (macular versus extramacular).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2569-2576
Number of pages8
JournalVision Research
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 1999


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Artificial vision
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Retinal prosthesis
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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