[nfbwatlk] Fw: FDA clears first implantable telescope for vision

Lauren Merryfield lauren1 at catliness.com
Wed Jul 7 05:12:11 UTC 2010

It sounds like there are too many risks for the implantable telescope and it 
would probably be a lot better for people to learn blindness skills than to 
go through the stress of candidacy and the risks of the implant.  A test 
group of 200-some isn't really a very large sample for the research on this 
implant.  I know people want to get their sight back, and if they can, 
that's good, but sometimes it is better to just be a blind person and learn 
to live with it.  So many older people lose some vision and assume their 
life is over, when it doesn't have to be.  False hopes can be stressful.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "debby phillips" <semisweetdebby at gmail.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 10:45 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Fw: FDA clears first implantable telescope for 

> So Mike, just curious, why do you consider this nutty?  It would be nutty 
> for you or me, but for older folks who have vision loss, and they want to 
> enhance what they still have left, why not?  I'm writing you privately cuz 
> I don't want a national debate on either list--or at least I don't choose 
> to be involved in that forum.  Hope you had a good Fourth ofjuly.    Debby
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