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Telescopic Lenses Can Help Vision Loss From Macular Degeneration


A miniature telescope mounted into a spectacle lens can now help people with vision loss from macular degeneration. The device, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, can improve vision by about three and a half lines on an eye chart.

“This is one of the few options for people with macular degeneration” says Dr. Edward Paul, a low vision optometrist in Wilmington, North Carolina. A telescope surgically implanted directly into the eye is expected to be approved by the FDA later this year, however the “spectacle” mounted telescope is available now without the safety concerns associated with a surgical procedure.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people age 65 and older, affecting more than 15 million Americans. The disease strikes the center of the retina, called the macula, which is especially important for reading, watching television, and recognizing faces.

The telescopic glasses range in price from $1,800 to $2,500, a small price to pay for the hours of enjoyment you can have with better vision and more independence. “Growing old and going blind is not your only option. What most eye doctors are telling their patients is that nothing can be done to improve the vision of patients suffering from Macular Degeneration ... and that simply is not true,” says Dr. Edward Paul. Many patients can drive, watch TV, and read again after being fitted with “spectacle” mounted telescopic lenses.

As a way of limiting the time, expense and disappointment of people who probably can not be helped by telescopic glasses, Dr. Paul has determined that asking the right questions on the phone can determine if a patient is qualified. Dr. Paul offers a free telephone interview to discuss your particular needs. To schedule a telephone interview with Dr. Paul, call 910-256-6364.

Dr. Paul’s office is located in Wilmington, North Carolina and patients have traveled from all over the globe for treatment. In most cases the the consultation and measurement for glasses can be accomplished in one visit. Additional information on telescopic glasses and Dr. Paul’s research is available at


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