Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island to Offer Implantable Telescope Surgery

Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, a group of 26 physicians based in and around New York City, announced it will be among 14 initial sites across the country surgically implanting an ocular telescope device in elderly patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration.

The pea-sized device is implanted behind the iris of one eye. The FDA-approved procedure does not reverse AMD, but may improve vision for those who are legally blind from the condition.

Candidates for the surgery are 75 and older with irreversible end-stage AMD and are no longer candidates for drug-based treatment. They must have vision ranging between 10/160 and 20/800, and may not have undergone cataract surgery in the eye in which the device would be implanted.

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