Implantable Miniature Telescope
There are currently no available medical treatments for dry AMD, and with efficacy limitations to AMD drugs, depending on how a patient’s disease progresses, visual impairment eventually occurs. Ultimately, severe and untreatable vision loss affects both eyes in the End-Stage form of AMD, creating a central blind spot that impairs the patient’s ability to read, provide care for him/herself or others, or even recognize family and friends. VisionCare’s telescope implant is designed to improve outcomes by providing patients with End-Stage AMD the ability to regain central vision.
Implantable Telescope Technology
The telescope implant, about the size of a pea, is comprised of quartz glass micro-optics that render an enlarged central vision image onto the healthy retinal areas surrounding the degenerated macula. The device is implanted behind the iris (colored-portion) in one eye during an outpatient surgical procedure. This essentially converts the eye into a telephoto system that reduces the impact of the blind spot by a factor of the telescope’s magnification (approximately 2.5X) within a relatively wide field of view. Additionally, more central field visual information is available to viable retina photoreceptors. The new central vision image allows patients to recognize images that were previously difficult or impossible to see (e.g., see facial features, read street signs, watch TV).
Over 260 of the company’s telescope implants have been used in clinical trials that have generated extensive long-term safety and efficacy data. The pivotal IMT002 clinical trial, conducted across 28 leading U.S. ophthalmic centers, demonstrated the majority of patients gained at least 3 lines of visual acuity on the study eye chart and clinically meaningful quality-of-life improvements on the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire. Ten peer-reviewed publications discussing the clinical and scientific data have appeared in top-tier ophthalmic journals.
In general, to be considered a potential condidate for the telescope implant an ophthalmologist must first confirm that you:
- Have irreversible, End-Stage AMD resulting from either dry or wet AMD
- Are no longer a candidate for drug treatment of your AMD
- Have not had cataract surgery in the eye in which the telescop will be implanted
- Meet age, vision, and cornea health requirements
Contact us about the Implantable Miniature Telescope by calling 541-687-2110 or using our Contact Form.
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Commonly Asked Questions:
What will help?
There are a number of low vision aids that will help with what peripheral
vision you have left such as glasses, hand or stand magnifiers, or telescopes.
With good motivation and low vision aids, most who suffer from AMD can
continue to lead relatively normal lives.
What if I'm diagnosed with AMD?
You'll be asked to regularly monitor your condition with a grid test
and immediately report any changes in results.
What research is being done for AMD?
New treatment and prevention methods are constantly being sought from
certain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to slow the degeneration
to photodynamic therapy (PDT). All are potentially useful treatments
but all still require further evaluation to determine just how effective
they will be.