University of Ulster offers "telescopic glasses"

University of Ulster offers "telescopic glasses"

The University of Ulster"s Optometry Clinic is offering a new kind of telescopic glasses that can significantly improve the vision of people with eyesight defects.

Known as the BiOptic Telescope, the system has a telescope mounted on top of the spectacle frame and it is the first time it has been made available in Northern Ireland.

The user views normally through the spectacles for general use, but lowers their chin slightly to look through the telescope to view an object in greater detail.

Optometrists Julie McDowell and Moyra McClure have been trained so they can prescribe the glasses.

"The BiOptic telescope is ideally suited to people who have low vision also know as central vision loss which most commonly comes from a macular disorder, diabetic retinopathy, albinism or nystagmus," Ms McClure said.

Retina Implant recently reported back on results from its first human clinical trial, which 11 patients who lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa took part in.

It explained that a few of the patients were able to see objects and shapes clearly enough so they could bring letters together to form words.

by Martin Burns

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