Washington: Technology which is usually used in telescopes to find distant stars is set to help diagnose world's most common form of sight loss in adults. It is currently put on trial in Cardiff University's School of Optometry and Vision Sciences' scientists.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) leads to central vision loss when looking at something directly ahead. Engineers at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), which is a part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), normally design and make instruments for detection of faint light from distant stars and galaxies.

However, the specialist cameras, light technology and software have now been adapted to create a unique 'retinal densitometer,' which picks up the earliest stages of AMD by measuring how the eye responds to light, a news channel reported.


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