New Hope For Dry Macular Degeneration Patients

We are pleased to announce  that the Florida medicare provider has now approved the implantation of the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT). This is wonderful news for our patients with advanced dry macular degeneration. The telescope can be put in people that are over the age of 75 and who have not had cataract surgery, with stable dry macular degeneration. Here at Sarasota Retina Institute we are proud to have Dr. Marc Levy involved with this device. Dr. Levy was one of only a handful of surgeons in the country to be involved with the original FDA trials to get the IMT approved. He was able to work with the company to fine tune the device and the surgical insertion of it. He also brought together and has kept and a top notch team of  a low vision specialist  and an occupational therapist to help patients get ready for the telescope and adjust to their new improved life after the surgery. He is currently the only surgeon approved in the southern Florida area to preform the surgery. The first approved telescope was implanted on February 4, 2013.


The surgery involves removing the patients natural lens (the cataract) at inserting the telescope into the eye. The telescope, which is smaller then a pea,  goes into the eye behind the pupil so there is minimal cosmetic change to the patients eye. The surgery is longer then standard cataract surgery but is still an out patient procedure.  The telescope is designed to enlarge the image and use the retina surrounding the macular defect. This can lead to great visual independence for the patient. They are able to participate  in their activities of daily living more. Unfortunately at this time they still can not qualify to drive in the state of Florida.

For More Information

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more or being evaluated for the telescope please call Sarasota Retina Institute to setup an appointment to come see Dr. Levy and his team. 941-921-5335


Jody Abrams, MD 


Sarasota Retina Institute

Sarasota, Florida 


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