Implantable Telescope Technology
The Implantable Telescope Technology platform is based on wide-angle micro-optics that, in combination with the optics of the cornea, create a telephoto system that magnifies objects in view. VisionCare’s third-generation telescope implant (Implantable Miniature Telescope by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz), has received FDA approval. The company also holds a CE mark and Israel Ministry of Health approval for distribution and sale of the device. The telescope implant is surgically placed in the capsular bag after removal of the eye’s lens. Implantation inside the eye allows the patient to see using natural eye movements in both stationary and dynamic environments.
The Implantable Telescope Technology is housed in a prosthetic device composed of three primary components: a fused quartz glass capsule that contains wide-angle micro-optical elements; a clear polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) carrier; and a blue PMMA light restrictor. The sealed optical component is snap-fitted into the carrier plate.
The telescope is about the size of a pea (3.6 mm diameter; 4.4 mm length) and is surgically placed inside the eye.