Monthly Archives: July 2013

FDA approves implantable telescopes for the low vision patients.  With over 15 million people over the age of 50 affected with age-related macular degeneration and baby boomers looming on the horizon, macular degeneration will become an increasing problem as boomers age.  Although there isn’t a cure for macular degeneration, there are advances in treatment that may help bring back independence to those that suffer from vision loss.

End-stage macular degeneration is a disease of the retina (back of the eye). It is the most advanced form of age-related macular degeneration and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness in individuals over the age of 65.

For many people, the first sign of AMD is something they notice themselves. Straight lines like doorways or telephone wires may appear wavy or disconnected. When they look at a person, their face may be blurred while the rest of them are in focus. Lines of print may be blurred in the center or the lines may be crooked.

Dr. John Bissell, OD owner of Bissell Eye Care, has received advanced low vision training through the  International Academy of Low Vision Specialists.  Dr.  Bissell,  Dr. Pamela Rath, MD and  Dr. Vicki Christopoulos, MD are part of a regional eye team bringing the first-of-kind telescope technology to for qualifying low vision patients living with end-stage Advanced Macular Degeneration. Most recently, the FDA approved telescopes designed by CentraSight were featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams show!


No longer will patients have to go to John’s Hopkins for this procedure.  Dr. Bissell and his team of eye professionals can help qualify patients for the procedure and  perform the implants locally at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA .  If you know of someone who suffers from advanced stage macular degeneration, we may be able to help.  For more information about low vision services contact us directly at 724-443-6767.

About the author:  John D.  Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify.  The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

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