Macular degeneration causes scarring of the macula, the spot on the retina (the back of the eye) where images are focused. This scarring prevents images from being interpreted and sent to your brain.


Intraocular telescopes improve vision in these patients by magnifying and diverting the image to an unscarred part of the retina.


In an intraocular telescope operation, the natural lens is removed (as in a normal cataract procedure) and replaced with two artificial lenses; one in front and one behind the iris. This combination produces the same effect as a refracting telescope, and diverts the light coming into your eye to an unscarred part of your retina.

What To Expect

The improvement is not immediate. Vision slowly improves as your brain adapts and best vision will come about 6 weeks after the surgery when your glasses are changed by your optician.


After The Operation

  • There is no need for an overnight stay at the hospital.
  • You will be reviewed after one week, again after four weeks and as necessary subsequently.
  • Eye drops are usually required for three weeks after surgery.

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