Centrasight Implantable Telescope in Livingston
What is CentraSight® and the Telescope Implant?
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 Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
The telescope implant, about the size of a pea, is intended to improve distance and near vision in people who have lost central vision in both eyes because of End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The telescope implant is surgically placed inside one eye. The implanted eye provides central vision; the other eye provides peripheral vision. The telescope implant is not a cure for End-Stage AMD. It will not restore your vision to the level it was before you had AMD, and it will not completely correct your vision loss. Patients with this level of AMD have had to cease driving due to their vision. Although near and distance vision may improve, driving will not be possible because the implant does not restore normal vision.
Am I a Candidate for CentraSight® and the Telescope Implant?
In general, to be considered a potential candidate for the telescope implant Dr. Kanter must first confirm that you:
- Have irreversible, End-Stage AMD resulting from either dry or wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
- Are no longer a candidate for drug treatment of your Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
- Have not had cataract surgery in the eye in which the telescope will be implanted
- Meet age, vision, and cornea health requirements
After Dr. Kanter 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 the CentraSight team to decide if you are likely to benefit from the CentraSight treatment program. If so, the tests will also help you and the team to discuss which eye should be treated and what your vision may be like after the treatment.