The Implantable Miniature Telescope or IMT is designed to improve vision for those experiencing age-related macular degeneration or AMD. Phase II/III clinical trials for central vision loss due to AMD have been completed that enrolled over 200 patients. The IMT is intended to be a permanent solution.
Combined with the cornea the IMT acts as a telephoto system to enlarge images 2.2x or 3x, depending on the IMT model. The images in the central visual field or straight ahead vision are focused on other healthy areas of the central and peripheral retina and helps reduce blind spots from AMD patients.
The IMT is implanted by an ophthalmic surgeon in an outpatient surgical procedure in just one eye that provides peripheral vision for mobility and navigation. Structured vision rehabilitation is required to maximize the ability to perform daily activities.