And his chance, after 40 years, was the implant of an eye telescope by Dr. Christopher Shelby of the WK Eye Institute. The Implantable Miniature Telescope, FDA approved, was developed by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz of VisionCare. The telescope can enlarge images to approximately 2.2 to 2.7 times their average size projecting it onto the healthy parts of the retina, bypassing the damaged blind spot and restoring some of the patient’s vision. “It is really an amazing product that will give patients with certain types of macular degeneration the possibility of seeing details again—reading, watching TV and seeing the expressions on their grandchildren’s faces,” Dr. Shelby said. Currently this treatment is reserved for patients over age 65 who have cataracts.