Tiny telescope helping restore sight

It's something that affects millions of Americans and changes their quality of life dramatically; the loss of eyesight.
But now there is a new procedure that hopes to change all that.
Macular Degeneration is an age related vision loss that progresses over time.
One Sun Prairie man is the first in the state to have this life changing procedure.
Marvin McCoy still works on his farm every day in Sun Prairie. But now, after almost 90 years, he has a major challenge.

"I can't really see good enough to drive or be safe in a way," he said. Marvin has Macular Degeneration. It makes it difficult to recognize faces, drive a car or even read. "Especially reading the prints in the paper," Marvin explained. And there are 500,000 new cases in the U.S. each year. But Marvin has been chosen to get a second chance with his eyesight.

"We're helping someone who's at the end of his rope with his quality of life and vision," said Dr. Michael Shapiro. The new state of the art procedure was preformed Monday by Dr. Michael Shapiro and his team at Meriter Hospital. "I'll be implanting this miniature telescope into his eye. It will magnify images onto the part of the retina that's still working," said Dr. Shapiro.

And it's all done in just a few hours, letting Marvin rest and recover at home; hopefully giving him back something that has slowly been taken away from him. "The last thing I wanted to see go was my eyes," said Marvin.

New technology, helping bring a new lease on life. "This is star wars technology as far as I'm concerned. If you would have asked me five years ago would I ever be doing this, I'd say you're living in a fantasy world," said Dr. Shapiro.

Marvin has three to six months of therapy ahead of him.
There have been about 300 of these procedures performed across the nation, but this was the first for the state. Marvin's procedure was fully covered by medicare.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
NBC15 615 Forward Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53711 Business: 608-274-1515 Newsroom: 608-274-1500
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 235143501 - nbc15.com/a?a=235143501