Implantable Telescopes

People suffering from end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in Longmont, Colorado now have a treatment option for central vision loss due to this condition. While there is no cure for end-stage AMD, the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado is pleased to be one of the first centers in the United States to offer the CentraSight™ implantable telescope in Longmont, Colorado to help these patients function better.

End-stage AMD can be caused by either Dry AMD or Wet AMD and is the result of permanent degeneration of the macula (the back of the eye) in both eyes. While it leads to only central vision loss, not peripheral vision loss, end-stage AMD is irreversible and is the leading cause of legal blindness for those over age 65.

Implantable Telescope Technology

There is no way to repair a damaged macula at this time. However, by implanting a tiny, pea-sized telescope behind the iris (the colored portion) in one eye, images coming through the eye lens can be magnified an average of 2.5 times onto the peripheral (healthy) portions of the retina to help improve central vision.

The telescope is only implanted into one eye. Patients learn to train their eyes to see by using natural eye movements to “switch” vision from eye to eye.

  • The eye without the telescope implant is used for peripheral vision to detect movement and objects.
  • The eye with the telescope implant is used for central vision for more detailed vision.

It is necessary to wear eye glasses and possibly use a magnifying glass for certain close-up activities. The implants are typically unnoticeable in the eye.

Risks may include inflammation, increased eye pressure, corneal decomposition, corneal edema and others. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks and rewards of implantable telescopes.

Implantable telescopes can help increase the end-stage AMD patient’s independence and quality of life. For more information, email or call us today at 303-772-3300 to schedule an appointment.