If you or a loved one are having trouble reading and recognizing faces, end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be the reason. Glenn Stoller, MD and Gerard D’Aversa, MD of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) will be guests on SiriusXM® DOCTOR RADIO’s Rehabilitative Medicine program (Ch. 81) discussing the new telescope implant procedure that may help people see again. The show will air on Monday, September 23, beginning at 6am EST and Drs. Stoller and D’Aversa will be interviewed at 7am EST. The telescope implant surgery is being performed nationwide on patients 75 years and older who are suffering from end-stage AMD. Listeners will be able to call-in to the show and ask the doctors questions about AMD and the surgery.
A tiny telescope, about the size of a pea, is implanted inside one eye, behind the iris (the colored part of the eye). While it does not cure AMD, a leading cause of blindness in the elderly, it could help those who are legally blind resume reading, recognize faces and hopefully, increase their level of independence. This first-ever telescope implant received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. The cost for the telescope implant and visits associated with the treatment program are Medicare eligible.
OCLI is now screening patients with end-stage AMD to determine if they are potential candidates to receive the telescope implant. “We are very excited about the telescope implant and have received a lot of inquiries about it,” said Glenn Stoller, MD, Partner and Retinal Specialist at OCLI. “It has been demonstrated to improve vision and quality of life for suitable individuals.”