FDA clears eye telescope to improve vision loss

Jul 9, 2010

I can't imagine not being able to see. I have often wondered what would be worse, having vision and losing it or never being able to see to start with. For people with vision loss the FDA has approved a new device that might help some regain their vision.

The use of a small eye telescope has been approved by the FDA that can be implanted into one eye of a patient. The eye telescope is able to magnify an image by 2.2 or 2.7 times and is implanted to replace the natural lens of the eye.

The reason the eye telescope can only be implanted into one eye is that the other eye is needed for peripheral vision. The device is to be used as a treatment for end stage age-related macular degeneration. The cost of the eye telescope is $15,000 and the chances of insurance covering that are likely to be slim.

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