The IRIS II ® implant was carried out at by Dr Mahi Muqit at Moorsfields Eye Hospital in England.
The patient aged 73 years has been blind for over 20 years due to retinitis pigmentosa, the most common form of inherited blindness.
Dr Mahi Muqit said the patient was now able to discern light and darkness.
He said: “The patient’s system was activated and he reported first perception of light.
“Per clinical protocol, the patient will now enter training and re-adaptation to learn how to interpret the new light signals.”
The IRIS II ® system developed by Pixium involves an electronic chip being implanted in the patient’s retina which receives images from a camera-mounted headset in the form of a sunglass which is processed by a smartphone-sized computer.
Dr Mahi Muqit is a renowned ophthalmologist who is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has published over 50 scientific journal articles on his discipline.