Second Sight’s mission is to restore useful vision to the blind and severely visually impaired.
Twenty years of positive impact
The recognized global leader in neuromodulation devices to treat blindness, the company leverages its 20 years of technology innovation to develop devices to treat the broadest population of sight-impaired individuals. Inspired by personal connections with a retinitis pigmentosa diagnosis, Second Sight has researched, designed and created the world’s ﬁrst FDA and CE Mark approved device for providing artificial vision in people with late-stage RP.
The company is actively developing a cortical stimulation device that bypasses the diseased eye and has the potential to provide a new form of vision to individuals blinded due to a wide range of causes.
Only FDA approved device for treating late-stage retinitis pigmentosa
How Second Sight Came to Be
A deeply purpose-driven company from the start, Second Sight has its roots in a forward-looking partnership between retinitis pigmentosa sufferer Dr. Sam Williams and pioneering medical philanthropist Dr. Alfred Mann. In 1998, the partnership expanded to include Dr. Robert Greenberg, Aaron Mendelsohn and Gunnar Bjorg, with the team working tirelessly to bring Second Sight’s vision-restoring innovation to fruition. In 2011, Second Sight achieved the first-ever regulatory approval for a technology able to restore useful vision to people with retinitis pigmentosa. FDA approval followed in 2013.
Second Sight has since been working to bring the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System to patients around the world. By 2020, our Centers of Excellence will serve people with RP across most of the U.S, supported by more than 25 centers across the globe; we continue to research and develop new technologies and therapies for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa.
1998 – Second Sight Founded
2007 – First Argus II implant
2011 – CE approval. First Commercial Implant, Europe
2013 – FDA approval. First Commercial Implant, US
2016 – 5-year Safety Data. 100th Argus® II Implant Worldwide
2018 – Completed enrollment in Orion US Human Feasibility Study. +300 Argus®II Implants Worldwide
2019 – Active Argus Centers spanning entire US