PHOENIX - Richard Clarida has come a long way in a year and a half. Today he's reading while waiting to see the doctor at Retinal Consultants of Arizona. Before surgery, seeing words on a page was impossible.
"It's things that most people don't think about that's important to you," says Richard.
He was diagnosed with macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that severely impairs vision. Doctors couldn't do much to save Richard’s sight until this one of kind treatment - a tiny telescope was actually implanted in Richard's eye.
"Before the surgery, you're considered legally blind," says Richard. "Now you're not. That's how much of a change it makes."
Normally patients who get the telescope have to be over 65 and not had cataract surgery. Now, a new clinical trial is making the telescope available to even more patients, allowing people who had cataract surgery to get the procedure.
Retinal Consultants of Arizona is the only facility in Arizona participating in the national study. For more information, contact Retinal Consultants of Arizona 602-682-2770.