Planet hunter sharpens eye surgery
by Staff Writers
Paris (ESA) Mar 04, 2014

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Physicians in the Netherlands have turned to expertise from a planet-hunting telescope to steady their surgical microscope and save the sight of people threatened by blindness.

Doctors at the University Eye Clinic Maastricht found their microscope was quivering, making one in five sight-saving operations impossible.

The answer came in the form of the revolutionary Hummingbird device. Originally designed for testing Darwin, a potential space observatory, it enabled engineers to stabilise the microscope and unlock its full potential for preventing sight loss.

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