Researchers at the London Eye Hospital and the Murcia University in Spain have developed a new treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, inspired by the Hubble Telescope. Two lenses are implanted into the eye, forming a mini-telescope. When the treatment was blurry at first, the researchers remembered that the Hubble Telescope images were also blurry at first, which they solved by changing the curve of the lens. The researchers tried that with their mini-telescope, and it worked!
The implants are so expensive that they are not in widespread use in Europe, but the researchers hope they will be soon. It's not a cure for AMD, because the macula will continue to deteriorate, but it can help some patients. Read all about it here. (Daily Mail)
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