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ECC Helps Bring Implantable Telescope to SoCal
Date:5/14/2013

Pomona, Calif. (PRWEB) May 14, 2013

Vision rehabilitation optometrists from the Eye Care Center (ECC) at Western University of Health Sciences are part of a new collaborative team helping patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness or vision loss in older Americans.

The ECC is in the early stages of being a regional CentraSight visual rehabilitation provider approved for evaluating patients for the FDA-approved Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT). A local corneal specialist performs the telescope implant procedure on an outpatient basis. Post-implantation, the patient will learn how to use their new vision in everyday activities by working with vision rehabilitation specialists at the ECC.

ECC optometrists will work with local corneal specialists, including those from Loma Linda University Medical Center, retinal specialists, and occupational therapists from Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation to help qualified patients with the IMT, including pre-procedure and post-surgical training.

“The telescope will magnify the image outside the area that’s damaged by AMD,” said Linda Pang, OD, chief of Vision Rehabilitation Service at the ECC. “By using the healthy parts of the retina, people implanted with the telescope can enjoy the activities they used to do. One eye is implanted with the telescope for tasks such as seeing people’s faces, seeing their food, self-care, and watching TV. The other eye is used for mobility allowing them to get feedback about their environment so that they can move around safely.”

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