Implantable Miniature Telescope
July 1, 2013
We have more exciting news out of Rapid City, SD and the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute. Dr. Steve Khachikian, an ophthalmologist at the institute has successfully implanted a miniature telescope in the eyes of two patients with advanced macular degeneration. The Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) is a pea-sized magnification device implanted into one eye to improve vision. This technology was recently was granted insurance approval and approximately 100 patients have already had the telescope implanted nationwide.
The purpose of the IMT is to restore some measure of independence in patients who have significant central vision loss due to advanced Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in both eyes. The telescope magnifies objects 2.2 times their normal size and helps patients use more of their peripheral vision. It is important to note, the telescope is not a cure for AMD. It may improve a patient’s eyesight and ability to watch television, read and/or recognize faces. It is, unfortunately, not a solution for patient’s looking to regain their ability to drive or to eliminate their need for other magnification devices.
If you or a loved one is suffering from advanced macular degeneration in both eyes and have lost a measurable amount of independence, please call our office for more information and learn how you can become a candidate for the IMT.
In Health and Wellness,
Dr. Candace Hoff