Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, and it affects 10 million Americans over the age of 60. There's no cure, but more sufferers now have some hope, thanks to a procedure that implants a tiny telescope into the eye, FOX News reports.
It's not a magic bullet. After surgery, patients still need to undergo occupational therapy to help them get used to their new vision.
"The eye is kind of like the video camera that sends the image to the brain,” Dr. Sid Mandelbaum, an ophthalmologist at East Side Eye Surgeons in New York City, told Fox News. “The brain is the central processor that integrates everything, and so we are retraining our brain to learn to use this vision that's a little bit different than the vision that we have used all of our lives up until this point."
The procedure does not restore patients’ sight completely, and they don't regain their vision enough to allow them to drive again.