Researchers have created a potential solution to prevent the leading cause of blindness in adults.

Researchers from the US and Switzerland have created contact lenses for people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness among older adults.

Day-to-day contact lenses only refocus the eye and do virtually nothing when trying to correct vision loss as a result of retina damage. However these new lenses have tightly fitting mirror surfaces that create a telescopic effect and are able to magnify the person’s vision.

They work by catching the magnified light and allowing it to spread out and hit the parts of the retina that are still functioning. The product can also come with a special pair of liquid crystal glasses that allows the wearer to choose whether to have the lenses magnified or not.

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