Implantable Miniature Telescope
Accounts of Personal Experiences
My sister has been blind from AMD for over 10 years. She has had a miniature implanted telescope for some time now – I think 5 or 6 years at least. Here is a quote replying to my question about it:
“Yes, I have an implanted miniature telescope in my right eye. I have heard that some people with the telescope can actually drive, but my sight was too far gone for that kind of improvement. I can read with the close circuit device I have, but I use my other eye. The telescope eye is too blurry except at just the right distance and under just the right light. I can see tv better with the telescope at night. I can see colors better with the telescope, like sunsets or the red rocks in Sedona.”
December 14, 2016
The only thing that hurt due to the surgery was the nurse trying to get the IV in my hand. She had to try in both hands before she got a hit. I was awake for the entire procedure. It took about 30 minutes to complete. My right eye was draped, but I could see the procedure from my left eye. That is the one they put the IMT in.
I now have a large patch over the left eye and cannot take it off until tomorrow morning. I then go to the doctor to see how it went. I was surprised that the nurses had not seen the procedure yet. I thought that the procedure was more common. They all want to know how it goes. The surgery was done at Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis.
December 21, 2016
Well, it’s been about 10 days since the IMT has been put in my left eye. Things are progressing, but the eye is still pretty sore. It feels irritated, and I am told that is from the stitches that were put in my eye. It feels like there is sand in my eye.
Vision is cloudy at best. But I do see the television, because of the contrasting colors. My 60 inch TV seems to be about 820 inch TV when I can see it.
I do have to wear a plastic covering over the eye at night and that’s a little uncomfortable. I get five different drops in the eye anywhere from every two hours to once a day, depending upon the drop. On Monday I had a treatment in my right eye, so Monday wasn’t a good day. The left eye is very susceptible to bright lights, and living in Minnesota with the snow and the sun shining, it gets pretty bright. Sunglasses are a must.
I go to the therapist next week to start learning how to use the telescope. I go back to the surgeon in about two weeks.
January 10, 2017
The IMT is doing better. The soreness is about gone, and I am down to 3
different drops. I have seen the surgeon twice, and he is pleased with the
healing process. I have visited the vision rehabilitation person twice,
including today’s visit.
We work on locating objects and letters with the IMT.
We also work on tracking with the IMT. She says that I will learn to be
bi-ocular, meaning that I will use my eyes independently: the IMT for distance
and reading, and the other eye for moving around. I think that is down the
road a bit. She is working with another person with an IMT that has
accomplished this after a few months. If you are considering this procedure,
I encourage you to start the process now, because it takes about 6 months to
actually get to the surgery date.
I am seeing through the IMT. It is still cloudy, but this should clear now
that I am off dilating drops. I can see the news on TV, but action programs
are hard to follow. As I type this, I am seeing it larger just below the line
I am typing.
I will report more next month.