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Sight Restored: Tiny Telescope Implanted In Cornishwoman's Eye

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7:01am 14th June 2013

A woman from north Cornwall has become one of the first in the UK to have a tiny telescope implanted in her eye - so she can see again.

The new treatment means people who are partially sighted will be able to see their grandchildren, read and watch telly.

The unnamed patient had the procedure to treat end-stage macular degeneration, which experts say is the leading cause of blindness in the UK.

Smaller than a pea, the telescope magnifies images that would normally be seen in central vision. They are projected onto the healthy portion of the retina.

The woman is only the second person in the country to benefit from the surgery, which was carried out at Duchy Hospital in Truro.

Consultant Ophthamologist Nicholas Wilson-Holt carried out the delicate operation. He said: "Losing central vision in both eyes is one of the most debilitating conditions imaginable and is deeply frightening for patients - it can lead to depression and patients are at an increased risk of loss of independence and ability to take care of themselves.

"They may lose much enjoyment in life

"As a surgeon, it is deeply satisfying to me when a treatment comes along that can, after rehabilitation training, resotre some of the vision that has been lost."

7:01am 14th June 2013

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