Telescope implant brings new hope to those with age-related macular degeneration

Up  until very recently, a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration was a point of no return in vision loss. (AMD is when retinal cells of the macula—the back of the eye—break down, leaving patients with a “blind spot” in the center of their field of vision.)
AMD has robbed nearly 1.8 million Americans age 60 and older of their sight. More than 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the National Eye Institute.

If the technology sounds futuristic, that’s because it is. Dr. Samuel Masket of Advanced Vision Care in Los Angeles, explains how it works: “In the center of our retina we have cones, which discern fine detail. When they are lost, the cells outside that area are generally functional. The telescope creates magnification inside the eye. When you make the image large enough, it hits those good cells, and the patient gets the image.”
The telescope is implanted in only one eye because with magnification you lose visual field, Masket explains. “It is like looking through the world through a straw,” he says. “The other eye is used for walking around.”
Doctors say results are high and risks are low due….
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Source: Los Angeles Times & CentraSight