Technology inspired by the Hubble telescope is hoped to prove a landmark in the treatment of eye and vision related conditions such as Age-related Macular Degeneration and other issues which are currently untreatable. The intraocular dual lens has been developed by London based scientists following research into similar problems facing both the famous telescope and its smaller brother, telescopic implants.
The London Eye Hospital, based on the famed Harley Street, has overseen the development of the iolAMD or 'Hubble Implant', describing it as 'potentially the greatest breakthrough in the surgical treatment of macular disease.' The device was developed by surgeon Dr Bobby Qureshi and optical physicist Professor Pablo Artal. It is hoped that the iolAMD will revolutionise millions of peoples lives who currently suffer from vision loss. Long term, the pioneers believe that the implant can help patients REGAIN the ability to see faces, read and drive in cases where central vision has been impaired and deteriorated.
How Does It Work?
Similarly to the Hubble telescope, from which the iolAMD was inspired, the implant consists of two tiny lenses which are placed inside the eye using the very latest surgical advancements. In essense, the two lenses then work together as a form of telescope, magnifying light and imagery into the eye and routing it to the healthy parts of the patients retina. This process would enable the iolAMD to take over the role of the macula. Sufferers of AMD or macular degeneration have a deterioration in this part of the retina, which is responsible for a persons central vision. Although it doesn't affect ones peripheral vision, it will obviously lead to the sufferer being unable to complete many everyday tasks or activities. The iolAMD is hoped to overcome this condition and give sight back to those who have lost it.
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