At Outlook Eyecare, our team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and optical specialists are dedicated to providing innovative, top-notch eye care. Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition that can cause significant visual disability. Using the latest surgical techniques and state-of-the-art technology, our eye doctors can now treat severe, end-stage macular degeneration with a tiny implantable microscope.
According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a progressive condition that’s caused by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula. This area helps focus the central vision in the eye and controls how accurately and sharply you see objects in your central vision. When the macula deteriorates, your central vision can become blurred or severely impaired. This can affect your ability to read, drive, view objects in fine detail, and cause you to experience other issues with your central vision.
Those with early or intermediate macular degeneration may slow the progression of the condition with medication, laser treatment, and lifestyle changes. Only end-stage macular degeneration can be treated with advanced techniques such as the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT). Just 4 millimeters long and 3 millimeters in diameter, this tiny device is implanted within the retina and replaces the natural lens of the eye. It’s intended to be permanent and is composed of biocompatible plastic and quartz glass. The telescope is implanted in one eye and renders enlarged images over an extensive area of the retina, improving central vision. Peripheral vision for orientation and mobility is provided by your other eye.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60. Many seniors who lose their vision also lose much of their independence, which can lead to depression and social isolation. This incredible FDA-approved device can be life-changing, with an average vision improvement of 3-4 lines on the eye chart. Activities, including reading, watching your favorite TV programs, cooking, and shopping, can be within your reach again. Best of all, it may also become easier for you to visually recognize people and see facial expressions.
After surgery, you have to wear glasses and may require a hand-held magnifier to read or see fine details with clarity. It takes time and patience to become accustomed to seeing magnified objects in the IMT-implanted eye while using the other eye for your peripheral vision. Our team at Outlook Eyecare offers comprehensive post-operative treatment, training, and occupational therapy. Our low vision specialists work with you every step of the way, tracking your progress and providing the encouragement and help you need to see the things you love.
Generally, candidates for the implantable miniature telescope are aged 65 and older with macular degeneration that can no longer be treated with medications. You must suffer from end-stage macular degeneration in both eyes, with visual acuity and refraction in a specified range between 20/160 and 20/800. There must be no other ocular conditions or previous surgery in the operative eye (including cataract surgery), and no ocular disease in the other eye that affects the peripheral vision.
Our team at Outlook Eyecare is committed to providing top-quality, comprehensive eye care for people of all ages. To learn more about macular degeneration implants and the other services we offer, contact us online or call our Monroe Township office at 609-409-2777 or our Princeton office at 609-419-1920. We look forward to meeting you and serving all your eye care needs.
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