Tiny sight-restoring eye implant approved in US

Tiny sight-restoring eye implant approved in US

A tiny telescope that is used to restore people"s sight has been approved for use in the US.

The Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT), created by VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies Incorporated, improves the sight of patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

"This is truly a breakthrough technology for AMD patients as their treatment options have been limited until now," said Dr Kathryn Colby, ophthalmic surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

She said that the technology has the power to improve some patients" sight so much that they can once again recognise people and their facial expressions.

The US Food and Drug Administration approved the technology after reviewing the results of two clinical trials, conducted at 28 leading ophthalmic centres.

Scientists at the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research in Boston revealed that regular consumption of a combination of particular nutrients and foods that have a low gycemic index can protect people from AMD.

by Alexa Kaczka

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