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Posted: 7/4/2013

An Intraocular Telescope for Treating Severe to Profound Vision Impairment Due to Bilateral End-State Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Source: VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies

The VisionCare intraocular telescope is intended to improve distance and near vision in people who have lost central vision in both eyes because of end-stage AMD. The device is about the size of a pea and is surgically placed inside one eye. The implanted eye provides central vision.

You are a candidate if you meet these criteria:

You have end - stage AMD in both eyes.

You are at least 75 years old.

Your distance vision is no better than 20/160 but no worse than 20/800.

You have cataract.

You show improvement on an eye test chart using an external telescope.

You agree to pre-surgery training with external telescopes with a low vision specialist long enough to make an informed decision.

You agree to training with a low vision specialist after intraocular telescope surgery.

You are informed of the intraocular telescope’s risks and benefits.

You understand and sign the Acceptance of Risk and Informed Decision Agreement for the intraocular telescope surgery.

You should NOT have intraocular telescope surgery if:

You have already had surgery in the same eye.

You have poor peripheral vision in the other eye.

You have uncontrolled glaucoma.

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The PDF Link below opens a comprehensive booklet designed to help prospective patients decide whether or not to have the surgery. There are risks and benefits of the implant that must me understood and discussed with your doctor before surgery.

PDF: Patient Information Booklet for Implantable Telescope

All reports are informational only and represent the views of the writer. Always consult with your medical doctor before following the advice of third parties.

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