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Telescopes might help a disease that more than two million Americans suffer from

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Doctors have a new tool for fighting a devastating disease that threatens to close the window to the world for more than 2 million Americans.

The disease is macular degeneration which causes blindness slowly, robbing vision first from the middle of the eye.

But at Johns Hopkins, scientists are implanting a tiny telescope into the eye - and what sounds like science fiction is bringing amazing results.

"The advantages of the telescope are that people can see detail much more clearly: people's faces, television, looking out into the world," said Judith Goldstein with the Wilmer Eye Institute

While this form of treatment has been approved by the FDA, doctors say it is not a cure and it requires intense rehabilitation to retrain the brain.

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