Seeing the Future – The Bionic Eye and Beyond (2019 Gerard Crock Lecture)
Presented by Associate Professor Penny Allen.
Associate Professor Penny Allen leads the Bionic Eye Project at the Centre for Eye Research Australia. Her team has developed a next generation bionic eye implant which is now in trial and has restored a sense of sight in four patients with retinitis pigmentosa.
A/Prof Allen’s lecture will chart the journey to develop the bionic eye and the unique partnership between clinicians, scientists and patients to bring the device to clinical trial. She will also explore what other treatments and technologies are on the horizon to help people with inherited eye diseases.
A/Prof Allen was Australia’s first female vitroretinal surgeon. She has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne and trained as an ophthalmologist
at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital under the guidance of the late Gerard Crock AO, sub-specialising in vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina.