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IMT (Implantable Miniature Telescope)
A surgically implantable telescope for patients
with advanced macular degeneration
The telescope implant replaces a cataract (the cloudy natural lens in the eye) to improve vision by reducing the impact of the central blind spot caused by macular degeneration.
Dr. Kinkade holding an IMT prior to implantation.
Dr. Kinkade has treated 2 patients in Connecticut with the IMT. He provides testing to determine if a patient is a candidate and which eye should receive the implant. After surgery he prescribes new glasses and rehabilitation training to help maximize the use of the telescope implant.
The telescope provides 2.7X magnification and is implanted in only one eye. The other eye is used for peripheral (side) vision and mobility (seeing well enough to walk around). The eye with the implant can only provide a magnified central vision. It loses the ability to see to the side.
To be successful, a patient has to be adaptable and be willing to learn new ways of seeing.