Eye Implant Allows Diabetic Patients To See Without Difficult Treatments

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)— Tiny technology doing big things.

An eye implant being offered at Wills Eye Hospital is helping diabetic patients see better while avoiding difficult treatments.

Robert Brown and his wife share years of happy memories, but seeing them has been a challenge for him.

“Sight is pretty important thing in life, we don’t realize it until there’s a threat of losing it,” said Brown.

Like many people with diabetes, Robert–who lives at the Jersey Shore–has vision issues.

“Blood vessels in the retina are leaking so they cause the retinal tissue to be swollen. Diabetes mainly affects blood vessels, diabetes is the number one cause of blood vessel disease,” said Dr. Julia Haller, with Wills Eye Hospital.