Updated Retinal Bulletin

Advances in retinal research and cures.

FDA Approves Telescope Implant for Age Related Macular Degeneration

Purpose

To magnify images in eyes central blind spot that are blocked by disciform scars from wet age related macular degeneration or geographic atrophy caused by dry age related macular degeneration.

Eligibility

  • Patient must be 75 years old or older.
  • Severe vision impairment in both eyes secondary to the end stage of age related macular degeneration.
  • Can not have had cataract surgery.

Cost

$15,000.00
Medicare does not cover this.

Additional Aspects

Patients must receive post-surgical rehabilitation with low-vision specialist. Meeting with the patients requires more time and patience than many physicians are accustomed to spending.