Wills Eye Performs Historic Eye Implant Surgery

Jun 10, 2014 | Customer Spotlight

[column size=”one-half”]Longtime Bell Ophthalmic customer Wills Eye just made history. Again.

The Philadelphia institution became the first hospital in the region to perform telescopic eye implant surgery.

About the size of a small pea and surgically placed inside one eye, the FDA-approved device restores vision to age-related macular degeneration patients.

“Vision as a sense is highly valued,” said Dr. Carl D. Regillo, director of the Wills Eye Hospital Retina Service. “In general, people fear death as their number-one medical fear, and number two is losing their vision. We’re in a charged, anxious area when people have vision problems.”

While there’s no cure for diseases like AMD that affect millions worldwide, innovations like the tiny eye implant offer hope in a big way.

This isn’t Wills Eye’s first time in the news, either. Ranked #2 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the non-profit ophthalmology hospital made headlines in 2013 by taking its glaucoma clinic directly to patients.

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Fun Bell Factoid:
Bell helped gear up Wills Eye’s federally funded, community outreach program that brings eye care to underserved neighborhoods. We supplied slit lamps, an autorefractor, and an Octopus perimeter, which, at just 23 pounds, the road crew especially adores.