James Edward Johnson

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Implantable Telescope Technology

From VisionCare: "A telephoto ocular prosthesis. The central optical portion is a micro-lens system that renders a magnified image on the retina."

Although my blog rarely touches on it, my current career is in health care.  One thing you learn when you pay attention to health care and emerging technologies is that Israel is a dominant player.  Many new medical devices and techniques are developed in Israel (boycotters take note – stop using health care if you want to be consistent).

In recent days, one new technology has been getting a lot of press.  Age related macular degeneration (“AMD”) causes a person’s center vision to degrade – your peripheral vision works, but your area of focus does not.  An implantable telescopic device was just approved by the FDA that causes the center image to be shifted to the healthy part of a person’s retina.  It allows people with AMD to see much more normally again.

Many recent news reports talked about a California company named VisionCare that developed the technology.  To me, it just sounded too Israeli to have been developed in the US.  And, when I searched my feed reader, I saw that I had probably first heard of this technology five years ago … when it was first developed by an Israeli firm.  As the company matured, it adopted an American address.  But even today, much of the company’s operations and management remain in Petah Tikva, Israel.

This is just one of literally hundreds of amazing – almost magical – technologies developed in Israel every year.  Some of them are widely publicized as Israeli technologies.  Many, like this one, receive almost no publicity about its origins in Israel.

There is a good chance that every time you are a patient in a hospital, many Israeli products and innovations will be used in your care.  Consider that fact the next time you or a loved one needs treatment for a health condition.

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Written by JamesEJ

Friday, July 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

Posted in israel, tech

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  1. Of course, if you want to learn a lot about Israel’s magic, you should subscribe to ISRAEL21c: http://www.israel21c.org/

    JamesEJ

    Friday, July 9, 2010 at 8:48 am


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