Tiny telescopes restore sight

STILLWATER, MN (KARE/NBC) - Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55. For those with end stage disease, there has been virtually no chance of seeing what is directly in front of them again.

But a new device, an implantable telescope, is changing that.

Retired nurse, JoAnn Zorn, 76, had the device implanted in her left eye this summer. Now she has a critical part of her vision back.

If you look at her left eye, you can see it. It twinkles. Light reflects off the tiny telescope implanted where her lens once was. It has brought back the central vision she lost to macular degeneration.

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