An elderly woman is the first to have a small telescopic pupil to aid her sight - via Denver Post:
Doris Ekblad-Olson is not too old to feel childish wonder at the idea of fixing her ailing eyes by letting someone suture in a tiny telescope.
But age does allow her to be blunt about her anxiety as the first Colorado patient to have the pea-size telescope placed in her right eyeball.
“I would rather I was his 100th patient,” chuckles Ekblad-Olson, 82, as she discusses the surgery with ophthalmologist Dr. Starck Johnson.
The former teacher was still game to be the Colorado guinea pig, though, and went under Johnson’s micro-knives at Sky Ridge Medical Center on Tuesday. Doctor and patient hope the successfully implanted telescope will bring vision back to eyes dimmed by a severe form of macular degeneration.
“There hasn’t been a lot we can do for these patients,” Johnson said. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this to come to fruition.”