Tuesday, January 18, 2005

VisionCare Implantable Miniature Telescope

Here's a blinding statistic: 1.6 million Americans age 50 and older have significant sight loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD causes the center of the retina to deteriorate, producing a dark spot in the middle of the victim's visual field. Until now there has been no effective treatment for those with "dry" AMD (the most common form). But the world's first telescope implant, a 45-milligram wonder from VisionCare, replaces the eye's lens, magnifying the central portion of vision so it projects across a larger area of the retina. After the brain and eye adjust to the change, the blind spot shrinks and central vision is markedly improved (at a slight expense to peripheral vision). The telescope is in the final stages of clinical testing.

I think that it is creepy to have a telescope in your eye. As long as it's helping poeple, it does sound like a pretty good idea.


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