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FDA OKs tiny telescope cure for elderly blindness

NPR News Blog
8 July 2010

Macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in the elderly, may become a much more treatable problem in its end stages, thanks to a new implantable device which the Food and Drug Administration said this week it has approved.

The approval means the device, essentially a tiny telescope made by VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies Inc., a private company based in Saratoga, CA was demonstrated to be safe and effective. The FDA said it was the first time the agency had approved such a device for treating the serious problem.

Full story from NPR News Blog 
Press release from VisionCare