Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Implants that can help AMD

The UK's Daily Mail (8/11, Hurst) describes the experiences of Roger Biss, "one of the first people in the world to have a new operation which actually restores sight." Biss, who has the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), recently underwent surgery which involved "putting a tiny implant in" the "eye to magnify whatever" he "was looking at, so the images wouldn't just fall on" his central "blind spot, but on a surrounding bit of healthy eye, which would be able to send signals to" the "brain about what" he "was seeing." Biss was operated on by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz, inventor of the Lipshitz macular implant. In the "first time the operation had been done in Europe or America," Dr. Lipshitz implanted the device in Biss' left eye during an outpatient procedure. Biss no longer has a blind spot in that eye and can watch television again. To date, "only a dozen patients have had the operation...but results are extremely encouraging," according to ophthalmic surgeon Andrew Luff. (courtesy AOA)

Clear View Eye Care can diagnose and manage macular degeneration. We are excited about these new and continued developments in treating one of the leading causes of blindness.

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