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November 23, 2005

BehindTheMedspeak: Implantable Miniature Intra–ocular Telescope

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It exists and it's in human trials right now.

It was created to help people with age–related macular degeneration (AMD).

Made by VisionCare of Saratoga, California, the device (above and below)

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is 4.4 mm long — about the size of a ladybug — and is implanted into the eye by an ophthalmic surgeon in an outpatient procedure.

Ranit Mishori, in yesterday's Washington Post Health section story, wrote that it "functions like the telephoto lens of a camera, enlarging an image threefold while projecting it onto undamaged parts of the retina."

A study of the device's effectiveness, recently published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, showed it was effective in over 90% of recipients.

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Above and below,

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how the telescope functions.

Final results and hoped–for approval by the FDA could come as early next year.

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