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Optics Express Release: A Telescope for Your Eye: New Contact Lens Design May Improve Sight of Patients With Macular Degeneration  
6/27/2013 9:50:34 AM

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Contact lenses correct many people’s eyesight but do nothing to improve the blurry vision of those suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the western world. That’s because simply correcting the eye’s focus cannot restore the central vision lost from a retina damaged by AMD. Now a team of DARPA-funded researchers from the United States and Switzerland led by University of California San Diego Professor Joseph Ford has created a slim, telescopic contact lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision. With refinements, the system could offer AMD patients a relatively unobtrusive way to enhance their vision. The team reports its work today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.

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