The CentraSight treatment program uses a tiny telescope, an FDA-approved medical device, which is implanted inside the eye to improve vision and quality of life for individuals affected by End-Stage AMD. The telescope implant, about the size of a pea, is intended to improve distant and near vision in people who have lost central vision in both eyes because of End-Stage AMD. The telescope implantation procedure is performed on only one eye. It involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with the tiny telescope implant. The eye with the implant provides central vision; the other eye provides peripheral vision.
In general, to be considered a potential candidate for the telescope implant an ophthalmologist must first confirm that you:
Next, your vision will be tested using an external telescope simulator. The results of the test and visual training/rehabilitation evaluation visits will help you and your ophthalmologist decide if you are likely to benefit from the CentraSight® treatment program.
The CentraSight® treatment program involves four steps that start with diagnosis and continue after surgery.
Step 1: Diagnosis
To be considered as a possible candidate for the treatment, you must first be examined by a retina specialist to confirm that you have End-Stage AMD. Our doctors at Milan Eye Center in Atlanta are a few of the specialists in the country currently able to make this diagnosis.
Step 2: Candidate Screening
The candidate screening step includes testing your vision using external telescope simulators. The results of these tests can help give you and your CentraSight® eye care team a good idea of what your vision may be like after the telescope implantation surgery and if the effect of the magnification in one eye will be useful to you. Low vision providers will also talk to you about how your new vision status may affect your everyday life and how following a visual training/rehabilitation program after surgery will help you reach your vision goals.
Step 3: Surgical Procedure
The surgical procedure is relatively short (1-1.5 hours) and is performed by a specially trained ophthalmologist. Most patients will not have to stay in a hospital and will return home the same day. The surgery involves several steps:
If your surgeon is unable to implant the telescope during surgery, he or she will implant a standard intraocular lens (IOL), as is the case with any procedure for cataract removal.
Step 4: Post Op Recovery
After surgery, you will have follow-up visits with your surgeon. You will need to take eye drops for several weeks. You should expect a gradual improvement in your vision of the treated eye to occur over a period of time, ranging from weeks to months.
After you have recovered from surgery, specially trained low vision optometrists and occupational therapists will work with you to prescribe eyeglasses and complete your rehabilitation to help you adapt and learn how to use your new vision in daily life. They will work with you on an individualized plan over several weeks to reach your personal goals.
In results from a survey in the FDA clinical trial, patients who received the telescope implant generally reported that they were less dependent on others, less frustrated and worried about their vision, less limited in their ability to see, and better able to visit with others and recognize facial expressions/reactions. Overall, the survey findings showed patients had a clinically important improvement in quality of life.
The optometrists at Milan Eye Center can help you decide if you are eligible for the Telescope treatment or if you have other alternatives. They will also discuss the risks attached to the procedure. Contact Milan Eye Center in the Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas at (678) 381-2020 to schedule an appointment.
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