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Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby lesliesage » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:29 pm UTC

A tiny implanted device can improve the eyesight of people with an advanced form of macular degeneration - NYTimes.
"People can use it to recognize faces in a social setting," she said. "That’s a huge advance." The telescope is implanted in one eye for jobs like reading and facial recognition. The other eye, unaltered, is used for peripheral vision during other activities like walking. After implantation, extensive therapy is crucial, she said, to learn to deal with the different abilities of the eyes.
"The vast majority of the patients have been able to adapt to the new state," using one eye for ambulating and the other for reading, facial recognition and similar chores, he said. "The average patient goes from legally blind to being able to read large-print books."

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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby TaintedDeity » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:48 pm UTC

I approve of this, not only for it's amazing sight restoring/helping abilities, but also because ocular implants are really awesome.
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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby Freakish » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:59 pm UTC

What happens if I shine a laser pointer at it?
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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby Heavenlytoaster » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:03 pm UTC

When can i get one that lets me see beyond my current visible spectrum, or through walls.

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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby Omegaton » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:22 am UTC

I suppose not having binocular vision is still better than being blind, but I can't even imagine having to deal with two different eyes, I feel weird even when I only have one contact in.

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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby Xeio » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:29 am UTC

Freakish wrote:What happens if I shine a laser pointer at it?
Probably not much worse than what happens to a normal eye... you know, possible blindness and such.

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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby fyrenwater » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:02 am UTC

Pretty cool, but it seems like it only magnifies the blurry part. I wonder when technology that can fix the retinas themselves will be invented...
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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby Amora » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:32 am UTC

The vast majority of the patients have been able to adapt to the new state

What happens to the other patients? And what percentage of patients constitutes a "vast majority"?
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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby SummerGlauFan » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:33 am UTC

Amora wrote:
The vast majority of the patients have been able to adapt to the new state

What happens to the other patients? And what percentage of patients constitutes a "vast majority"?


And what level of adaption?
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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby Diadem » Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:07 pm UTC

Freakish wrote:What happens if I shine a laser pointer at it?

The real question is: How long before a laser pointer shines out of it?

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Re: Better Vision, With a Telescope Inside the Eye

Postby clintonius » Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:56 pm UTC

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