The Samsara Vision Patient Journey supports patients as they work with a team of health care professionals, including a retina specialist, corneal surgeon, occupational therapist and low vision specialist, to determine if they are candidates for the IMT.
The telescope implant is not a cure for Late-Stage AMD. At this most advanced stage of the disease, the macula itself is beyond repair. However, the majority of qualified patients can regain central vision and vision-related quality of life by varying levels.
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5. Patient Information Booklet. Information About the Implantable Miniature Telescope (By Dr. Isaac Lipshitz)