Meet Marian, Age 79
From Charlotte, NC
Marian is a 79-year-old retired secretary and accountant for a law office, and a grandmother active in her community. She began losing her eyesight towards the end of her career from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The increasing loss of vision required her to use a software program at work to enlarge things on her computer screen. At home, she began to use magnification devices to enlarge things on her television. Over time, her central vision deteriorated as her AMD progressed to the most advanced form, End-Stage AMD, leaving only her peripheral vision in both eyes. At this point, Marian was unable to see facial features making it difficult for her to even recognize friends and family members.
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She felt fortunate when her eye doctor told her about a new treatment for End-Stage AMD. He explained it involved implanting a tiny telescope inside her eye, in place of her natural lens, that would possibly help her regain some central vision.
Marian decided to check if the telescope implant would be able to help her. She went through a series of tests that included low vision and retinal eye exams to determine if she would be a good candidate. These tests included using external telescopes outside the eye that simulated what it may be like with the telescope implant. After these tests, Marian's eye doctor told her she would be a good candidate.
Marian saw the telescope implant as a chance to regain some of her independence. "Once I was diagnosed with macular degeneration, I knew I had a choice of how I was going to live my life. My father and his brother were both blind, and I saw the life they lived. They were blind most of their later years, and I witnessed all the things that they missed."
"I knew I had a choice. Once I was diagnosed with macular degeneration, I knew I had a choice of how I was going to live my life."
Marian had the telescope implant in 2003 which resulted in improving both her distance and near vision. With practice and the help of her low vision optometrist, she was able to use telescope implant in her daily routine. She went back to doing many of the activities she previously enjoyed, such as reading and watching movies, running church programs, and volunteering her time with homeless children at a local school.
"After the telescope was placed, I continued to enjoy leisure activities and see my children and grandchildren through milestones in their lives," she recalls.
"I've seen their weddings and seen their little babies that they've had," Marian added as she recounted the seven years since the treatment. "I've enjoyed their graduations and been able to see all the things that I wouldn't have been able to see if I hadn't had the (telescope) transplant."
Marian explains that before the telescope implant procedure, "I could not see your face, just around your face, but now I am able to see your face directly. I did lose the peripheral vision in the implanted eye, but I can always turn my head to correct that."
"To this day, I continue to live alone," Marian described. "The only thing I can't do is drive, but seeing the price of gas, that's not a real hardship. I have very loyal friends and family who are able to get me to appointments, church, and shopping."
Marian has been able to keep up with some of her favorite activities since she has had her implant. "I have lunch with friends at least twice a week. I am still able to watch movies and television without any problems."
"I visit with a less fortunate child who is in the second grade," she adds. "I've been volunteering for five years, and they're a joy to work with. I enjoy being a part of their school year, watching them grow and develop as students."
"It has been a blessing to me to be able to have an active life with the vision that enables me to do the things I like to do. I could not have had this active life without the telescope to bring my eyesight to where it is now."
This is the experience of a patient who was part of an FDA clinical trial for the telescope implant. Individual patient results may vary. Normal vision is not fully restored with the telescope implant, but patients can regain central vision and vision-related quality of life by varying levels. Not every patient may benefit from the telescope implant and it may be contraindicated in some individuals. Please consult with your ophthalmologist to understand the risks of the telescope implant used in the CentraSight treatment program to determine whether the treatment may be right for you, or refer to the Patient Information Brochure.