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Thursday 28 August 2014

Implant hope in battle to beat blindness

Published 08/01/2013 | 05:00

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A NEW eye implant that can be fitted in half an hour will offer hope to thousands of people at risk of losing their sight.

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The new implant procedure involves two small lenses being inserted into the eye which act like a miniature telescope.

The tiny 'telescope' can improve the sight in sufferers of the 'dry' form of Age-related Macular Degeneration ( AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the over 60s. AMD is a degenerative condition which causes loss of vision and problems with colour.

Bobby Qureshi, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the London Eye Hospital, said: "Fitting this miniature telescope in a patient's eye is a quick and straightforward procedure. It's an honour to be able to make such a difference to people's lives." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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