UC Irvine ophthalmologists were the first in Orange County to implant tiny telescopes in two patients suffering from age-related, end-stage
Doctors from the university's Gavin Herbert
The devices restore limited vision by projecting an image onto the undamaged section of the retina, enabling patients to recognize faces, read and perform daily activities.
After the implant, the Irvine resident was able to see her son's face for the first time in more than a decade.
The institute is one of few in the country performing the procedure, which theU.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved in 2010.
The surgery is covered by Medicare, the university said.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of sight loss common among adults older than 50, according to the
— Lauren Williams