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First Patient Receives FDA-Approved Telescope Implant for End-Stage Macular Degeneration
Date:11/10/2011

SARATOGA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices, today announced that the first patient has received the FDA-approved Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) procedure indicated to improve vision in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The first patient was evaluated by and received the telescope implant procedure from ophthalmologists Henry L. Hudson, M.D., retinal specialist at Retina Centers, P.C., and Kristin Carter, M.D., anterior segment eye surgeon, both part of the CentraSight™ provider team in Tucson, AZ. The procedure was performed on an outpatient basis at Carondelet Health Network's St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson.

This first procedure marks the launch of VisionCare's CentraSight treatment program, a new patient care program utilizing the first-of-kind telescope implant for treating patients with the most advanced form of AMD and the leading cause of blindness in older Americans, end-stage AMD. Regional CentraSight Centers of Excellence - multidisciplinary healthcare provider teams trained in patient evaluation, surgical treatment, and visual rehabilitation - are beginning to treat patients this month. Patients and physicians can find more information about the telescope implant and related treatment program at www.CentraSight.com.  

"Our patient's procedure is a milestone that brings new hope and a first treatment option for our most visually debilitated AMD patients," said Dr. Hudson, who was a principal investigator in the pivotal trial for FDA approval and lead author of the trial outcomes publications. "Patients with end-stage AMD have been underserved, and they have had limited options until now. Our patients who have exhausted all wet AMD treatment options, or who have the untreatable, advanced form of dry AMD, now have a potential for improved
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