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Telescope eye implant restores age-related macular degeneration sufferers` eyesight

Last Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:39
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Washington: Researchers are restoring the vision of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by implanting tiny telescopes in their eyes.

Dr. Sid Mandelbaum, an ophthalmologist at East Side Eye Surgeons in New York City, told Fox News that a tiny telescope, which is implanted in the eye after the lens is removed, takes the place of the individual's own lens and remains in the eye permanently.

The procedure takes a little more than an hour, and once the telescope has been implanted, it magnifies the images a patient sees and projects them.

Mandelbaum said that the eye is like a video camera that sends the pictures to the brain, and the brain is the central processor, which integrates everything. He explained that they were retraining their brain to learn to use this vision, which was a little bit different than the vision that people have used all of their lives up until that point.

First Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:39
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