Surgery Turns Woman's Eye into a Telescope

Doris Ekblad-Olson, 82, of Colorado is the first person to receive CentraSight, an experimental optical implant:
Ekblad-Olson suffers from "wet" macular degeneration, an end-stage form of the common, chronic disease, where blood vessels are leaking and destroying central vision.

"I can't see the faces of the people across the table from me," she said. "I can't see the food on my plate."

She wants to finish a memoir of teaching seminary in Hong Kong, and being limited to a sliver of peripheral vision makes writing a challenge.

The device, called CentraSight, is placed behind the iris. It projects and enlarges central images onto the still-healthy peripheral portions of the retina.

Link -via VA Viper | Image: Denver Post

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