Telescope may serve as permanent prosthesis for bilateral AMD

September 15, 2004

San Diego-An implantable miniature telescope in the capsular bag provides a permanent visual prosthetic device for patients who are legally blind from bilateral age-related macular degeneration (AMD). While there is a learning curve, an early assessment of the implantation indicates that anterior segment surgeons are familiar with the standard phacoemulsification and manual extracapsular surgical skills used for this procedure, according to David F. Chang, MD.