Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Intraocular Telescope

It was a full day at the conference. One of the really nice things about the conference this year is that the organizers have set up wireless access in the main lecture hall. So, as new information is being given that I want to incorporate into Marianas Eye Institute, I just end off email to various people in my office to get things started -- check about pricing on this drug, send me a copy of that form to review, check the model number of this piece of equipment in the office. It's really nice to get things started while we're fresh.

The conference is being held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, which is a huge property, with its own tram, and it's own boat taxi, and its own dolphins, and insanely, its own oversize air-conditioners that require you to wear a winter coat in the conference rooms.

Cool new technology currently under FDA trials: an intraocular telescope. This is a tiny telescope that is implanted into the eye for astronomy buffs. No, silly. Many people very poor vision due to macular degeneration and require lots of magnification to see anything. They often carry around a little telescope with them. This implants the telescope into the eye. Very few people will need them, but it can change their lives. About 20 have been implanted so far in the FDA trial.

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