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In the United States, the Federal Drug Administration has now approved the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, created by Second Sight. It is billed on the company’s site as:
…the world’s first and only approved device intended to restore some functional vision for people suffering from blindness. Argus II is approved for use in the United States and the European Economic Area.
The product page is here.
You can watch a video on the New York Times site here.
An animation on the this page of the Second Sight web site demonstrates the principles involved.
An paper on the interim results of an international trial has been published in Opthalmology (abstract).
See previous Homo Artificialis posts regarding vision: