The Philadelphia institution became the first hospital in the region to perform telescopic eye implant surgery.
About the size of a small pea and surgically placed inside one eye, the FDA-approved device restores vision to age-related macular degeneration patients.
â€śVision as a sense is highly valued,â€ť said Dr. Carl D. Regillo, director of the Wills Eye Hospital Retina Service. â€śIn general, people fear death as their number-one medical fear, and number two is losing their vision. Weâ€™re in a charged, anxious area when people have vision problems.â€ť
While thereâ€™s no cure for diseases like AMD that affect millions worldwide, innovations like the tiny eye implant offer hope in a big way.
This isnâ€™t Wills Eyeâ€™s first time in the news, either. Ranked #2 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the non-profit ophthalmology hospital made headlines in 2013 by taking its glaucoma clinic directly to patients.