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First Telescopic Implant in Connecticut for Macular Degeneration

CHESHIRE, Conn., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dr. Randolph Kinkade has been recently interviewed on WFSB's Your Health and WTNH's Health News discussing this new technology.  Dr. Kinkade, a Connecticut optometrist, is a founding member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists. 

About the size of an eraser tip, the Implantable Miniature Telescope shows promise for some patients who are legal blind due to macular degeneration.  Macular degeneration is the leading cause of permanent vision loss in older Americans. 

"I have been fitting Spectacle Miniature Telescopes in glasses for improving eyesight for over twenty years to help patients improve their ability to read, write and watch television", says Dr. Kinkade. "For certain patients we now have the ability to replace a developing cataract in their eye with a micro-telescope that returns some very useful vision."

The newly FDA and Medicare approved telescope is placed in only one eye.  The telescope implant focuses and enlarged image onto healthier parts of the macula and retina at the back of the eye.  The other eye provides the necessary peripheral or side vision for walking and performing other tasks.

Dr. Kinkade's treatment role is with candidate selection and determining which eye gets the implant.  He also spends considerable time with patients after surgery guiding them to use their new vision.  Dr. Mark Milner will be doing the surgery.

"The implant is not a cure for macular degeneration, but a rehabilitation tool to return some very important vision", says Dr. Kinkade.  "Patients will need to relearn to see and use additional low vision aids to maximize their vision."

For pictures of the telescopic implant, educational videos and information about the treatment program please visit

Dr. Kinkade office telephone is (800) 756-0766 and he can be emailed at

About Macular Degeneration

  • Macular degeneration affects the macula, the part of the retina needed for detail central vision. Patients do see things to the side with their peripheral vision, but it is too blurry for detailed vision like reading.
  • The first signs of macular degeneration may include wavy lines, distortion, or blurry spots when reading.
  • There are two types of macular degeneration (wet and dry).  There is no medical treatment for the dry form of the disease.
  • Low vision rehabilitation provides Spectacle Miniature Telescopes and other magnification aids to help restore lost vision.

Media Contact: Randolph Kinkade , OD, MPH, Low Vision Consulting, (800) 756-0766,

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