Monthly Archives: December 2016

VI Tech: Ten people to get NHS bionic eyes!

Ten people to get NHS bionic eyes!

original article from the

The NHS will pay for 10 blind patients to have “bionic eyes” to help treat an inherited form of blindness.

The bionic eye is a retinal implant which interprets images captured by a miniature video camera worn on a pair of glasses.

Five patients will be treated at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and five at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2017.

They will be monitored for a year afterwards to see how they get on in everyday life.

“I’m delighted,” said Prof Paulo Stanga from the Manchester hospital.

He has been involved in earlier trials of the Argus II Bionic Eye, made by the company Second Sight, in retinitis pigmentosa.

He added: “It surpassed all of our expectations when we realised that one of the retinitis pigmentosa patients using the bionic eye could identify large letters for the first time in his adult life.”

This disease, which is often passed down through families, destroys the light-sensing cells in the retina. It leads to vision loss and eventually blindness.

Twinkling lights

Keith Hayman, who is 68 and from Lancashire, was fitted with the bionic eye in Manchester.

The former butcher was forced to retire early because of the disease and had been blind for more than two decades.

He said: “Having spent half my life in darkness, I can now tell when my grandchildren run towards me and make out lights twinkling on Christmas trees.

“I would be talking to a friend, who might have walked off and I couldn’t tell and kept talking to myself, this doesn’t happen any more, because I can tell when they have gone.

“These little things make all the difference to me.”

How it works

The bionic eye implant receives its visual information from a miniature camera mounted on glasses worn by the patient.

The images are converted into electrical pulses and transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes attached to the retina.

The electrodes stimulate the remaining retina’s remaining cells which send the information to the brain.

How the eye works
Image captionCamera receives images which are sent to a video processor and converted into electronic signals, which are then transmitted to an array of electrodes attached to the retina

Gregoire Cosendai, from Second Sight, says: “This is the first time in history that any treatment for this type of blindness has existed and now it is to be offered free of charge to blind patients.

“This is a major victory for blind people in the UK who have supported us in our six-year mission to fund Argus II in England.”

Dr Jonathan Fielden, from NHS England, said: “This highly innovative NHS-funded procedure shows real promise and could change lives.

“The NHS has given the world medical innovations ranging from modern cataract surgery, new vaccines and hip replacements, now once again the NHS is at the forefront of harnessing ground-breaking science for the benefit of patients in this country.”


Video games without the visuals for blind gamers!

Audio Game Hub

A series of five new audio-based video games for blind and visually impaired users are being designed, after a crowdfunding campaign to support the project achieved over 150% of its target funding.

The games, including versions of classic arcade title ‘Frogger’ and a cricket game, will be available on mobile devices, tablet computers and desktop computers, through the iOS and Andriod operating systems, as well as Windows PC.


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Vision Impaired Tennis Training Camp – 28 Jan 2017

Lee Valley Tennis Camps 2017
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Eton Manor, Leadmill Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AD
2.00pm - 5.00pm
08456 770 604
28th January 2017

Come and play tennis at our monthly tennis training camp for the visually impaired. Receive specialist coaching led by our Tennis Foundation coach and take part in some informal match play. These monthly camps are open to players of all abilities from beginners to advanced.

These Vision Impaired Tennis Camps will take place on the last Saturday of each month.

Date: Saturday 28 Jan 2017
Time: 14:00pm – 17:00pm
Age:  All Ages  Cost : £3

Getting to the Vision Impaired Tennis Camp

Sighted guide service available to assist players to and from – update Leytonstone Station.  Pick up at 13:30. If you’re running late please call the centre on 08456 770 604.

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last minute changes or cancellations.

To book your place

Please call 08456 770 604   Please note all players are required to book in advance

 Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre  – Tel 03000 030614

Eton Manor, Leadmill Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AD
(Sat Nav code: E10 5SD)  08456 770 604


Help and advice with work for the vision Impaired!

The Helicon, London, EC2M 2UP
10.00am - 2.00pm
07958 222414
15th February 2017

Temporary, Holiday or Permanent Jobs?

Help and advice with work for the vision Impaired!

Recruitment Specialist ManpowerGroup Have A FREE Event

  • Date:  Wednesday 15th February 2017  Time:  10am – 2pm
  • Venue: The Helicon, London, EC2M 2UP

Gain Help And Support On

  • Create a Winning CV & Interview Skills
  • Selling Yourself & Employment Rights
  • Current Opportunities & Where To Look

Contact Gary Dunford to Reserve a Place or call 07958 222414



London Sport Awards – 19 January 2017 indigo at the O2!

London Sports Awards Jan 2017
indigo at The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX London
United Kingdom
6.00pm - 11.30pm
07572 094406
19th January 2017
General Ticket 12 Jan 2017 £35.00 General Table Ticket A table seats up to 8 people 12 Jan 2017 £250.00

Celebrating the Best of Sport in London

The London Sport Awards return in January 2017, celebrating the greatest achievements in grassroots sport across the capital. With a brand new venue – indigo at The O2 – and a host of inspirational sporting highlights to celebrate, the London Sport Awards promise to be an exciting, unmissable opportunity to support grassroots sport in London.

Tickets for the London Sport Awards are on sale now until midnight on 12 January 2017,

  What to expect on the night
  • Over 400 people coming together to celebrate the outstanding work that goes into helping make London the most physically active city in the world
  • Eight award categories, including the prestigious Club of the Year Award
  • A light buffet included in ticket purchase
  • Cash bar
  • Opportunities to network with athletes, sporting leaders, politicians and some of the most innovative sporting projects in the capital

Registration Information

For more information or any questions, contact Amy Hewick by email – or by phone 07572 094406.

Get Ticket on sale 

Please note, tickets will be non-refundable after 5 January 2017.

 Awards Categories and Nominations
Nominations and Awards Categories are now announced! Please click here to see the final shortlisted nominees.