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FDA Approves Telescope Implant for Age Related Macular Degeneration


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.


  • 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.


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.


Promising Results with Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Dietary intake of Lutein/Zeaxanthin is independently associated with decreased likelihood of neovascular AMD, geographic atrophy and large or extensive intermediate drusen in AREDS report No. 22.

If these cross-sectional results can be confirmed in prospective samples and experimental studies Lutein and Zeaxanthin may be considered an useful agent in food or supplement-based interventions designed to reduce the risk of AMD.



POT-4 is a derivative of Compstatin, a peptide that inhibits complement activation. Complement activation plays a significant role in the cause of AMD. POT-4 is initially being developed for treatment of AMD. Potentia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is beginning Phase I clinical trials in Tucson and Miami.


Nutrition for the Well-Being of the Eye

Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to increase the general sense of well-being and promote high health. They are present in fish and are highest in mackerel, white fish, tuna, and salmon.

Zinc has a specific role in the normal functioning of photoreceptors in the eye. Zinc is found in high protein foods such as beef, pork, and whole grain cereals.

Recently, it has been suggested that the carotenoids, Lutein (pronounced loo-teen) and Zeaxanthin (pronounced zee-uh-zan-thin) play an important role in eye health.

In the Eye Disease Case Control Study, medical researchers found that individuals experienced a significantly lower risk for developing age related macular degeneration when they had high amounts of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in their blood.

Sources of Lutein include yellow peppers, mango, blueberries, and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, chard, and broccoli. Sources of Zeaxanthin include orange sweet peppers, broccoli, corn, lettuce, spinach, tangerines, oranges, and eggs.