Tennessee ASC performs 1st implantable eye telescope procedure in cataract patient — 4 insights

Memphis, Tenn.-based Ridge Lake Ambulatory Surgery Center surgeon Subba Gollamudi, MD, completed the first eye telescope implant procedure in a trial for patients who underwent cataract surgery, the Memphis Business Journal reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. The mini telescope is for age-related macular degeneration. This procedure was the first time the telescope was used in a patient who had cataract surgery. 

2. Dr. Gollamudi performed the surgery Aug. 27.

3. Dr. Gollamudi is one of 20 surgeons participating in a clinical trial for the device.

4. The telescope magnifies images in a patient's blind spot and projects them onto a patient's retina.

Note: An earlier version of this story said the patient was the first in the U.S. The patient was the first in the U.S. to recieve the implant after having undergone cataract surgery. 

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