FDA approves eye telescope - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/10

FDA approves eye telescope to help people with macular degeneration

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – To fight the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, the Food and Drug Administration has approved use of a telescope that's implanted directly into the eye.

The implantable miniature telescope is placed in the center of one eye to help with loss of central vision that affects patients with advanced age-related macular degeneration. The other eye would still be able to see peripheral vision and experts warn patients who get the telescope would need to go through rehab to teach the brain how to see properly.

 The implantable telescope comes with risks including the possibility that your vision could get worse.  So, right now it's only approved for a select group of patients with the disease and candidates for the surgery must be over age 75 and have a cataract.  For more information please clickhere.

 

 

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