First patient in NC Sandhills region receives telescope implant for macular degeneration

Carolina Eye Associates have successfully performed a telescope implant procedure for a patient with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most advanced form of the disease and a leading cause of blindness in older Americans.

The telescope implant is FDA approved for patients age 65 and older and is the only medical/surgical option available that restores a portion of vision lost to the disease.

Patients with end-stage AMD have a central blind spot or missing area in their vision that makes it difficult or impossible to see faces, read, and perform everyday activities. According to Carolina Eye retina specialist, Arghavan Almony, M.D., “the ability to be able to offer these patients the opportunity to help them resume their favorite activities and independence is truly remarkable.”

Smaller than a pea, the telescope implant uses micro-optical technology to magnify images which would normally be seen in one’s “straight ahead” or central vision. The images, magnified 2.7 times, are projected onto the healthy portion of the retina not affected by the disease, making it possible for patients to see or discern the central vision image that may have been unrecognizable prior to surgery.

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