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iolAMD -The Hubble Implant

How Hubble implants could save 600,000 suffering from Macular Degeneration

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What is AMD?

What is AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the retina. End-Stage AMD is the most advanced form of the disease and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness in individuals over the age of 65.

In early, less advanced AMD, visual symptoms are generally mild and may or may not impact vision-related activities. However, advanced stages of AMD can result in severe loss of sight in the central part of vision. This is often referred to as a central vision “blind spot.” This blind spot is different than the visual disturbances experienced with cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens) and is not correctable by cataract surgery or spectacles. Side vision, or peripheral vision, is not affected by AMD, but is too low resolution to make up for lost central vision.

Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) eventually leads to loss of sight, and is the most common cause of blindness in the developed world, with between 4-6 million sufferers in the UK and 560 million worldwide.

How does iolAMD work?

The iolAMD lens uses technology that was developed after NASA scientists noticed that images from the Hubble Telescope were out of focus and fuzzy. To counteract this, they developed an advanced solution using minute changes (adaptive optics) that successfully reduced the effects of distortion, compensating for imperfections.

In the iolAMD procedure, 2 tiny lenses made of pliable material are inserted into an incision of less than 3mm – a 10-minute procedure. The 2 iolAMD lenses work together to act like a telescope, gently magnifying the image entering the eye and diverting it to a healthier part of the retina. This section of healthier retina receives the image, taking over the role of the macula and can provide the iolAMD patient with significantly improved vision.

Depending on the visual potential remaining in the eye, an iolAMD patient could regain the ability to drive, read or see faces – significantly improving their quality of life.

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