[nfbwatlk] Fw: FDA clears first implantable telescope for vision

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Wed Jul 7 13:20:52 CDT 2010


It's nutty because it isn't a ttrue replacement for the vision the person 
being operated upon has lost. The person must be trained to integrate the 
differing vision from each eye into a single picture. It isn't at all clear 
to me that such training will constitute much of a replacement for what said 
person had lost. Better to learn to function as a blind person. Far cheaper, 
more permanent (the person presumably still will lose central acuity in the 
eye with the telescopic implant and it will ultimately have been for 
nothing) and costs a heck of a lot less.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "debby phillips" <semisweetdebby at gmail.com>
To: "NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 10:45 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Fw: FDA clears first implantable telescope for 

> So Mike, just curious, why do you consider this nutty?  It would be nutty 
> for you or me, but for older folks who have vision loss, and they want to 
> enhance what they still have left, why not?  I'm writing you privately cuz 
> I don't want a national debate on either list--or at least I don't choose 
> to be involved in that forum.  Hope you had a good Fourth ofjuly.    Debby
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