- Device – inspired by Hubble Space Telescope – comprises of two lenses
- The mini-telescope helps to treat age-related macular degeneration
- Developed by London eye surgeon Bobby Qureshi and optical physicist Professor Pablo Artal
By STEPHEN ADAMS 13 July 201
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects 600,000 in Britain. A revolutionary eye implant inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope could help more than half a million people suffering from a previously incurable condition that leads to blindness. The device – a mini telescope comprised of two lenses – treats age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects 600,000 in Britain, mainly the elderly.
The disease targets a part of the retina called the macula, the 5mm spot at the back of the eye packed with light-receptive cells. It often becomes diseased with age, leading to central vision becoming distorted and blurred. There is no cure and about half of patients are so badly affected they are registered blind. However, a London eye surgeon and an optical physicist have come up with a new solution – inspired by a famous flaw with the Hubble probe.
Eye surgeon Bobby Qureshi said: ‘There have been telescopic implants for AMD for a couple of years, but getting the optics right has been extremely problematic. ‘The lenses are so strong that focusing images has been difficult, and the results for patients have been hit and miss.’
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Source: Daily Mail