Miniature Telescope Approved for Macular Degeneration

Patients suffering from the eye disease macular degeneration now have access to a new treatment.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a tiny telescope that’s implanted into the eye in patients with advanced macular degeneration.

In a recent news release by the FDA, it was indicated this tiny telescope will replace the natural lens in the eye and magnify items more than two times.

Macular Degeneration patients over 75 years of age who have blind spots associated with the eye disease is who this device is aimed at.

Candidates will have to be trained with an external telescopic device to determine if they will benefit from the implanted telescope.

Macular Degeneration attacks the central vision and results in a severe visual impairment in about 25 percent of those patients suffering with the eye disease.

This new tiny eye implant will come with a warning indicating the device puts users at a greater risk of injury to the eye’s cornea.