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Thursday 17 April 2014

Implant hope in battle to beat blindness

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.

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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