IMT is a treatment for end-stage AMD.

What does IMT (implantable miniature telescope) involve?

The IMT (implantable miniature telescope) can improve vision and quality of life for people who have lost central vision in both eyes because of end-stage AMD. Manufactured by VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, it is the first FDA-approved surgical device for AMD and enlarges what you’re looking at by nearly three times its normal size. The IMT is part of the CentraSight® treatment programme, which has been designed to help patients see the things that are important to them, regain independence, and re-engage in everyday activities.

The CentraSight® treatment programme involves four steps that start with diagnosis and continue after surgery.

Step 1: Your in-depth consultation

You will have a detailed assessment by your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, a trained low vision optometrist and a rehabilitation specialist to see whether you will be suitable for the IMT. The same consultant will carry out your procedure and the team will work with you at follow-up appointments.

Step 2: Before your implantable miniature telescope procedure

When you arrive at the Optegra eye hospital, your consultant and clinical team will be waiting to welcome you and help you to feel relaxed. Anaesthetic eye drops and a local anaesthetic will be administered: once they’ve taken effect, your consultant will begin the treatment.

Step 3: During your implantable miniature telescope procedure

The implantable miniature telescope is smaller than a pea. It is implanted into just one eye during a surgical procedure similar to cataract surgery where the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. The eye implanted with the telescope provides magnified central vision, while the other eye provides peripheral vision.

The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed and a sterile cover placed over your eye and face, which will be lifted off your mouth so you can breathe easily. Your eyelids will be gently held open, although they will feel closed.

The surgery involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with the tiny telescope implant, which is virtually unnoticeable. The procedure generally takes 1 – 1.5 hours.

You will see little of what is happening during surgery, but we will explain what we are doing as the operation goes along and the theatre staff will help you relax.

Step 4: Rest and recovery

Afterwards, you will be taken to our recovery suite to rest before returning home. Patients will need standard glasses to focus after surgery and to take eye drops for several weeks. It could be some weeks before the best possible glasses are prescribed.

Step 5: Your aftercare

Your consultant will see you for a follow-up consultation to check on your progress, assess the results and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with an emergency contact number so that if you do experience any unexpected symptoms, you can contact us.

Specially trained low vision optometrists and rehabilitation specialists will work with you to help you learn how to use your new vision in daily life.

Am I suitable for the IMT (Implantable Miniature Telescope) procedure?

The Implantable Miniature Telescope, manufactured by VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, is a surgical device designed to improve the vision of those suffering from End-Stage AMD. By enlarging objects to up to three times their normal size, it can help you to regain your independence and improve your quality of life. As part of the CentraSight® treatment programme, the IMT procedure isn’t just a one-off surgery. It’s a four-step process that starts with a diagnosis and ends with an extensive aftercare routine.

To fully evaluate whether you may be eligible to have the IMT fitted, it’s essential that all potential patients first have an in-depth consultation. At Optegra, we provide a free, no-obligation assessment conducted by one of our experienced surgeons, who will determine whether this is the best treatment for you.

During your consultation, our eye health surgeons will evaluate whether you are suitable for the IMT, by assessing if you meet following criteria:

  • You have irreversible, dry or wet end-stage End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • You have exhausted all drug-related treatment for your AMD
  • You haven’t had cataract surgery in the eye the telescope will be implanted
  • You are 55 years of age or older
  • You are willing to receive aftercare treatment

As every patient is different, one of our highly-trained ophthalmic surgeons will make the final decision on whether the implantable miniature telescope is right for you, even if you do meet the above requirements.

If you believe that you would benefit from having the IMT fitted, please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances in more detail.

The cost of IMT surgery at Optegra

At Optegra, we are transparent about our IMT (implantable miniature telescope) surgery prices, so you know exactly what to expect. We understand the importance of your eye health care, so we keep our pricing clear and simple. We have two fixed single prices: one for the surgery and the other for the separate consultation, so you’re not surprised with hidden costs or extras.

Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) from CentraSight®: £14,000

Separate consultation fee applies: £300

We firmly believe that good eye care should be available for everybody, which is why we have a range of payment options to suit all needs and budget. Arrange your one-to-one consultation with one of our specialists, who will be able to discuss the most suitable financial options for you.  Alternatively, you can attend one of our open days, where our dedicated eye health specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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