About CentraSight Telescope Implants
The CentraSight Telescope treatment uses a tiny medical device, which is implanted inside the eye to improve vision and quality of life for individuals affected by end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). End-stage AMD is the most critical form of macular degeneration and is the primary cause for vision loss in both men and women who are 65 and older. When detected early, we can prevent the disease from progressing as much. However, in some cases, patients may suffer from advanced stages, which impact the central vision. For more severe conditions of AMD, patients can experience "blind spots" that severely hinder their eyesight. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, we hope to reduce some of the symptoms using a CentraSight Telescope Implant. This implant is about the size of a pea, and it helps enhance distance and near eyesight for patients who have lost central vision in both eyes because of dry or wet end-stage AMD.
Best Candidates For CentraSight Telescope Implants
This procedure works best for patients who are 65 and older and who have irreversible, end-stage wet or dry macular degeneration (ADM). To be eligible for the implant, you may find that more conservative methods, such as prescription medications, have stopped working. Additionally, we cannot perform this surgery if a patient has undergone cataract surgery for either eye. Before the surgery, our eye surgeons will provide information to patients about setting realistic expectations and committing to rehabilitation after surgery.
CentraSight Telescope Implant Procedure
At the beginning of your procedure, our ophthalmologists will start by numbing your eye and administering specialized eye drops to dilate the pupil. Next, a speculum is placed underneath your eyelid to prevent you from blinking. Once we have positioned the device, our expert doctors start to incise and remove your natural eye lens. After removing the lens, we implant the telescope prosthesis in the same area as your natural lens. Finally, we close the incision with a few sutures. Overall, this outpatient surgery takes about an hour to complete. Following your procedure, you will notice that the implanted eye provides central vision, and the other eye helps with peripheral vision. Additionally, it is important to note that the telescope implant is not a cure for end-stage AMD.
CentraSight Telescope Implant Follow-Up
Unfortunately, this surgery will not restore your vision to the level it was before you had AMD, and it will not completely correct your vision loss. Generally, patients with severe AMD have stopped driving because of their vision loss. After the telescope procedure, although near and distance vision may improve, driving is not possible because the implant does not restore normal vision.
Following your procedure, patients will work with low vision optometrists and occupational therapists to provide prescription glasses and help you learn how to use your new vision. During this time, they will help you develop a tailored plan that helps you attain your goals. Throughout these specialized sessions, you will learn how to localize, focus, scan, trace, track, and navigate using both eyes. This will enable you to perform important everyday tasks.
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Improve Your Eyesight
CentraSight Telescope Implant is an exciting procedure that can help patients who suffer from symptoms caused by end-stage, wet or dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). With four steps that include diagnosing, assessment, implementation, and therapy, you can start on the road to recovery and improve your quality of life with better eyesight. Please call Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in Encino or West Hills to learn more about this innovative surgery and how it can help you.