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Tiny Telescope Implant Restores Vision to Macular Degeneration Patient at Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Casey Mathys implants life-changing device in 82-year-old patient, offering hope to seniors with vision loss due to Macular Degeneration

Charlotte N.C., April 21, 2015 – Bonnie Gardner wanted to read the newspaper and dance again but Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) was in her way. In January, cornea surgeon Casey Mathys, MD, of Christenbury Eye Center, successfully implanted the mini telescope from CentraSight into the eye of this woman with the goal of restoring her sight.

AMD has robbed nearly 1.8 million Americans, age 65 and older, of their sight. More than 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. More Americans suffer from some form of macular degeneration (15 million) than from new cases each year of breast and prostate cancers, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases combined (6.67 million).

Before the FDA approval of this CentraSight device in 2010, no surgical options existed to restore eyesight for those afflicted with AMD. Now, more than 500 people around the country experience restored eyesight thanks to a tiny telescope implanted in their eye.

“Bonnie’s progress is dramatic and her life is already improving in the short time since we implanted the telescope in her eye,” says Dr. Casey Mathys, cornea surgeon at Christenbury Eye Center. ” We’re very excited to offer this procedure that will change the lives of so many people.”

Patients with AMD experience a central blind spot that leaves them with only peripheral vision and the inability to see faces, read, watch TV, cook and perform basic every-day life skills. The telescope implanted in one eye magnifies images normally seen in a person’s “straight ahead” vision. The images are projected onto a healthy portion of the retina, making it possible for patients to see objects directly in front of them. In clinical trials, this implant improved patients’ quality of life by increasing their independence and allowing them to re-engage with their family and friends. Now, the Christenbury Eye Center is extending this procedure to its patients.

“I’m really glad I did this,” said Bonnie. “It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. There was no pain at all. To me, this implant has been a miracle. I was able to go dancing at my niece’s wedding in early April.”

Learn more about the mini telescope implant, ReSTOR and cataract surgery at Christenbury Eye Centeror call us at 877- 702-2020 to schedule a free consultation.

 

About the Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For two decades he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures including LASIK, Visian ICL, andReSTOR.

Dr. Christenbury performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990s and since that time has performed more than 100,000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first all laser IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast in 2002 and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas in 2005. In the Spring of 2005, he was the first in the Carolinas to perform the ReSTOR®procedure, which treats Presbyopia and can eliminate reading glasses and bifocals. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the United States.

About CentraSight

CentraSight is the first-ever treatment program that utilizes a tiny telescope implant for end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most advanced form of AMD and the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. Patients with end-stage AMD have a central blind spot in their vision that makes it difficult or impossible to see faces, read, and perform everyday activities. The CentraSight treatment program allows patients to see details again by implanting a tiny telescope in the eye in an outpatient procedure, then coordinating with vision specialists to help the patient learn how to use their new vision for everyday activities. For more information, visit http://www.CentraSight.com.

 

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