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Implantable Telescope Lens Treats Macular Degeneration

The Implantable Miniature Telescope is a tiny device surgically implanted in the eye that offers hope for patients with "aging eyes." 

When Jim Hindman, founder and former CEO of Jiffy Lube, found his eyesight waning at age 55 to the point where he couldn't read, make out faces of friends and family, or watch his horses, he started looking for solutions. 

Hindman, a longtime patient at Johns Hopkins, is one of the approximately two million Americans who have irreversible dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects the region of the retina responsible for central, detailed vision, and is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness in people over the age of 65.

A relatively new device -- an implantable miniature telescope (IMT) -- is available to people like Hindman, who received his in December 2012 .

The surgical procedure, which was performed at the Wilmer Eye Institute by Dr. Oliver Schein, involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing the lens with the IMT. The tiny telescope is implanted behind the iris, the colored, muscular ring around the pupil.

Since the surgery, Hindman has been thrilled with the results.

"The services I have been provided at Johns Hopkins have just been tremendous. They’ve been inspiring. They make me want to get up in the morning," says Hindman. "I have started becoming more interested in working with my horses because I can see."

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