The REAL retina display: implanted mini telescope restores vision

Got a blind spot? The FDA has just approved an Implantable Miniature Telescope, designed to restore eyesight to sufferers of blind spots due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The pea-sized telescope fixes that problem by projecting images onto an undamaged part of the retina.

Finally, an actual retina display! Does it work? It's been successful in 75% of the 200 patients who've had it implanted. It's no cakewalk, though. Because this $15,000 telescope is relatively large, there's also a need for a cornea transplant after it's implanted.

It's intended for use by AMD sufferers over the age of 75, but could it give those who aren't suffering from this disorder the vision of Superman? Not yet, but it points the way toward even more elaborate improvements in our standard equipment. This has got to be one of the most mind-blowing body mods we've seen.

VisionCare, via Medgadget

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