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Implantable Miniature Telescope

What is CentraSight® and the Telescope Implant?

The CentraSight treatment programme uses a tiny telescope, 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 Implantable Miniature Telescope, 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 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; after the telescope procedure, although near and distance vision may improve, driving will not be possible because the implant does not restore normal vision.

Telescope Implant Technology Visual Projection

Am I a Candidate?

In general, to be considered a potential candidate for the telescope implant you should:

  • Have irreversible, End-Stage AMD resulting from either dry or wet AMD
  • No longer be having Lucentis or Eylea Treatment
  • Have not had cataract surgery in the eye in which the telescope will be implanted
  • Meet age, vision, and cornea health requirements

After confirmation by Mr Antcliff 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 will help you and Mr Antcliff decide if you are likely to benefit from the CentraSight treatment programme.

The CentraSight treatment programme involves four steps that start with diagnosis and continue after surgery.

Step 1: Diagnosis

Step 2: Assessment and Preparation

Step 3: Surgery

Step 4: Visual Rehabilitation

A member of Mr Antcliff’s CentraSight team is involved at each step of the treatment. All CentraSight team members are highly qualified professionals, with special training in the CentraSight treatment programme and the Implantable Telescope Technology.

The telescope implant is not a cure that “sees” for you. For the telescope implant to work for you, you will need to work with low vision specialists as well as practice on your own at home.

Some Realistic Goals:

  • Recognising faces of family and friends
  • Watching television
  • Reading
  • Various hobbies like painting, knitting or gardening

Some Unrealistic Goals:

  • Driving
  • Seeing a golf ball in flight
  • Playing tennis
  • Never having to use a magnifying glass again

Mr Antcliff will describe the risks and benefits of the telescope implant to you, including the risks of surgery.

Additional information can be found at www.en.centrasight.com