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Telescope Embedded in Spectacle Lens Promises to Make Driving Easier for Visually Impaired
Date:7/24/2008

spectacle lens blank and allow an individual's prescription to be added using the standard procedure for grinding regular spectacle lenses. This process should also reduce the price of bioptic telescopes.

The next step for the team is to find a corporate partner to manufacture the lens blanks and distribute them to the public.

As the population ages and millions of American face limited vision because of eye disorders, such as age-related macular degeneration, the need for this type of vision aid will increase dramatically. The telescopic glasses may also find use in other markets. It may be used as hands-free opera glasses and may be of interest to hunters, police or military personnel who would like the ability to quickly and easily achieve a hands-free magnified view.

To view a photo of the glasses and a comparison of the views from new and old versions, go to http://www.eri.harvard.edu/faculty/peli/papers/JBO034027.pdf

Schepens Eye Research Institute is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the largest independent eye research institute in the country.


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