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Why Wait To See Better?



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ANCHOR LEAD: There's new hope for people living with a disease that could potentially rob them of their sight. Brian Osuch has the story. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Advanced age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 65. Previously only patients 75 and older were approved for a surgical procedure using a tiny telescope to help restore their vision. Dr. Marc Levy, Sarasota Retina Institute. CUT: (Levy) Patients who think their advanced macular degeneration cannot be treated should ask their doctor about the CentraSight telescope implant, now available for people as young as 65. SCRIPT: The implant is a tiny device, smaller than a pea, implanted in one eye. CUT: (Levy) It enlarges what a person would normally see when looking straight ahead and then, projects it onto the healthy part of the retina, allowing the person to see what's in front of them like faces, TV and books. SCRIPT: The telescope implant is FDA approved and Medicare eligible. Patients must be at least 65 years old, cannot have had cataract surgery in the eye that would be implanted and meet specific vision and cornea health requirements. Risks include those associated with cataract surgery; such as postoperative inflammation, raised intraocular pressure, swelling, and compromised corneal health. Visit centrasight.com. That's Newsbreak from CentraSight.
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