Implantable optical telescopes for AMD are complementary to all other available treatments. They are not intended to replace other treatments.They are currently the only way to help dry AMD patients improve their visual performance. The OriLens is a telescopic implant that is designed to magnify the image that is projected into the eye so that it can be seen by a patient suffering from AMD. The implant is not intended to cure the AMD disease, but rather to help patients see and function better with the visual potential that was still left in their eyes. It is the newest and most advanced model of mirror telescopic implants that were developed by OptoLight Vision. The first mirror telescopic implant, the LMI (Lipshitz Macular Implant) was first implanted in 2008.
External telescopes and other magnifiers exist for many years, but they are seldom used due to narrow visual field and more importantly, the relative movement between the eye and the telescope, which causes the patient’s visual axis to move in and out of the device. That is why a patient using an external telescope, needs to move his/her head in order to screen an image. These head movements are very difficult to get used to, especially for the elderly patients.
When implanting an entire telescope inside an eye (in contrast to an external telescope), the implanted telescope moves naturally with the eye movements and there are no relative movements between the eye and the telescope, so the patient’s eye screens the reading material or the object normally.
The OriLens can be used for any type of AMD (wet, dry or scar) as long as it improves vision of patients who are tested by using an external telescope. Please refer to “patient testing” for details.
It is a mirror telescopic IOL that is designed as a secondary implant for eye that have already undergone cataract surgery but it can also be used for primary phakic implantation, when a regular intra-ocular implant for cataract is implanted first, and the OriLens is added in the same surgical procedure.
The implant contains miniature mirrors that are embedded inside it. These mirrors are configured, designed and accurately positioned in order to create a precise magnifying telescopic effect on the macular area. The amount of magnification is approximately X 2.5 (250%) depending on each eye’s parameters. It is implanted in one eye, while the fellow eye is not treated.
Although it contains a whole telescope inside, the OriLens was designed so that its external dimensions would be as close as possible to other intra-ocular implants, in order to make it simple and safe to implant and fixate.
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