Miniature telescope in dry AMD: Surgical implantation improves vision for patients with late-stage AMD

Albert J. Augustin, MD, presented a talk entitled, “First Results of the Miniature Telescope in Dry AMD” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Galilean telescope device offers visual improvements for patients with late-stage AMD.

Video transcript

So I was presenting the first results of our surgical approach to dry AMD. Using the SING IMT Galilean telescope device. This is a device which leads to a 2.5 magnifying of the image on the retina in dry, or patients suffering from wet AMD who have a visible scar now. And usually, you can offer this device to patients who want to use one eye for near vision and the other eye for distance vision.

And what we could elaborate so far from our first surgeries is that the patients are quite happy. The patients have to undergo after the surgery a kind of rehabilitation series, and after that they are able to use the device in the daily life. The major thing you have to tell your patients is that they shouldn't expect, you know, to be playing tennis after a surgery, but they are able to recognize faces, to read big letters in the newspaper, and can do things like this. So it is really helpful for late-stage AMD patients.

Note: This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.