The telescope implant has been shown to improve vision and quality of life in patients with End-Stage AMD, the most advanced form of AMD in which individuals have lost central vision in both eyes. Not everyone who has End-Stage AMD is a candidate for the CentraSight treatment program; and there are other, less advanced forms of AMD for which the CentraSight is not suitable.
In general, to be considered a potential candidate 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 telescope will be implanted
- Meet age, vision, and cornea health requirements
After the ophthalmologist confirms that you are a potential candidate, 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. If so, the tests will also help you and your ophthalmologist, decide which eye should be treated and what your vision may be like after the treatment.
Is the CentraSight Treatment Program Right for You?
Ask your ophthalmologist these questions to help you decide:
- What are the benefits of the treatment for my degree of central vision loss?
- Are there other ways to improve my central vision?
- Will I have to limit my activities after surgery? Which activities and for how long?
- What are the risks of the surgery?
- What are the long-term risks of having the telescope implanted in my eye?
- Can the telescope implant be taken out of my eye if necessary?
- What do I need to know about working with low vision specialists to learn how to use my new vision?
- What follow-up care is required?