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Now Available in South Florida: CentraSight Treatment Program Offers New Hope for Patients with End-Stage Macular Degeneration
By: PR Newswire
Feb. 13, 2013 07:28 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The CentraSight™ treatment program, now available at Retina Associates of Miami in South Florida, features the first-ever FDA-approved telescope implant surgical option for patients with End-Stage Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the most advanced form of AMD and the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.
Smaller than a pea, the telescope implant uses micro-optical technology to magnify images which would normally be seen in one's "straight ahead," or central, vision. The images are projected onto the healthy portion of the retina not affected by the disease.
The telescope implant has been demonstrated in clinical trials to improve quality of life for those with central vision loss in both eyes. It improves patients' vision and returns things most of us take for granted. People regain the ability to see the things that are important to them, increase their independence, and re-engage in everyday activities. They can once again recognize faces and see expressions.
The telescope implant is not a cure for end-stage AMD. As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the telescope implant. Possible side effects include decreased vision or vision-impairing corneal swelling.
The first CentraSight Patient Treatment Program team in South Florida includes Dr. J. Harris Levy, MD, Dr. Rashid M. Taher, MD, and Wilfredo C. Lara, MD, who evaluate the patient's medical condition for eligibility certification; Dr. Jesse Pelletier, MD, who performs the implant surgery; and Dr. Marc J. Gannon, OD, FAOO, the low vision specialist who evaluates the patient's visual function and coordinates the post-surgical therapy.
To schedule an evaluation contact Dr. Marc Gannon at 866-942-2020.
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SOURCE Retina Associates of Miami
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