Telescopic Eye Implant Approved By The FDA

As we age, often our eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be, but with technology moving at such a fast pace, maybe we’ll have robotic eyes by the time we’re old. In the meantime, VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies has had its implantable miniature telescope approved by the FDA a few days ago. This device was designed for patients over 75 years of age and are suffering from end-stage macular degeneration. This telescope serves to magnify and project images onto a healthy portion of the retina, though it can be used in one eye only, as the other eye is needed for peripheral vision. According to reports, 75 percent of over 200 patients saw their vision improve from severe or profound impairment to moderate impairment. When it comes to medical supplies, they’re rarely cheap, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that this telescope costs $15,000.

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