Imagine the heartbreak for someone who gradually loses the ability to see
her grandchildren, husband and the people who mean the most to her. Now
imagine her joy when she can see them again. Thanks to a groundbreaking
new treatment program called CentraSight, this dream can now be a reality
for patients around the country with End-Stage age related macular degeneration
(AMD), the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.
More than 15 million Americans are affected by some form of macular degeneration,
a progressive disease that can lead to severe vision loss in its most
advanced form, End-Stage AMD. The number is expected to double with the
rapid aging of the US population. Approximately 2 million Americans have
advanced forms of AMD with associated vision loss.
Macular degeneration attacks the macula of the eye, where one's sharpest
central vision occurs. Although it does not cause complete blindness,
patients with End-Stage AMD have a central blind spot, or missing area,
in their vision. This vision loss makes it difficult or impossible to
see faces, read, and perform everyday activities such as watching TV,
preparing meals and self-care.
For many people, the first sign of AMD is something they notice themselves.
Straight lines like doorways or telephone wires may appear wavy or disconnected.
When they look at someone, their face may be blurred while the rest is
in focus. Lines of print may be blurred in the center or the lines may
CentraSight is the first treatment program to use a tiny telescope that
is implanted inside the eye to treat End-Stage AMD. Smaller than a pea,
the telescope implant uses micro-optical technology to magnify objects
that would normally be seen in one's "straight ahead" vision.
This image is projected onto the healthy retina in the back of the eye
not affected by the disease.
The telescope implant improves patients' vision so they can see the
things that are important to them, increase their independence, and manage
everyday activities again. They can feel more confident in social settings
because they can recognize faces and see the facial expressions of family
and friends. Although there is much to be gained with the telescope patients
will lose the right to derive after implantation.
The CentraSight treatment program focuses on comprehensive patient care,
requiring potential patients to undergo medical and vision evaluation
to determine whether they may be a good candidate. A unique aspect of
the evaluation is the ability to simulate, prior to surgery, what a person
may expect to see once the telescope is implanted to determine if the
improvement possible will meet the patient's expectations. After an
eye surgeon implants the telescope in an outpatient procedure, the patient
then works with vision specialists to learn how to use their new vision
in their everyday activities.
The telescope implant is not a cure. Patients must meet age and cornea
health requirements to be considered a good candidate. Possible side effects
include decreased vision or vision impairing corneal swelling.
The CentraSight treatment program is now available at the YESnick Vision
Center. For more information on the telescope implant and who qualifies
for the treatment, visit
www.TheYVC.com or call (702) 966-2020.