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Dr. Kokame Featured on Hawaii News for Bionic Eye Patient Update

In late December, Dr. Kokame was featured on local Hawaii news to update the Hawaii community on his first Argus II Bionic Eye patient.  He was thrilled to share that she can now see light after years of blindness.  “She was previously in total darkness. Now, she can actually see the light. She can actually follow a light, follow a line of light along a path, and she can tell dark versus light and different shapes,” reported Dr. Kokame.

Please click here to view the news story on KITV 4 Island News.   For more information on Dr. Kokame’s first Argus II Bionic Eye surgery in the Asia Pacific region and how the retinal prosthesis works, please click here.


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HMRI research manager Sheila Chamian asks the bionic eye patient if she can see her present. The patient can use a “reverse” mode on her system so she can see dark objects as white.

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Dr. Kokame shares the news of the patient’s ability to see light.

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The patient is able to follow light from a flashlight in a dark room.

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