Physician & Provider FAQ
What is the CentraSight treatment program network?
VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies is currently developing regional CentraSight treatment program networks made up of ophthalmic centers and associated multispecialty eye care professionals. Through these networks, patients can access the CentraSight treatment program at a location near them, including diagnosis and evaluation, device implantation, and visual training/rehabilitation.
How can I refer my patient to a CentraSight program provider?
Please contact VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies to find out about providers in your area or to express your interest in becoming a CentraSight program provider.
I'm a Retina Specialist. Do I perform the surgery? What is my role in the CentraSight treatment program?
The Retina Specialist serves as the lead physician on the CentraSight Team. The Retina Specialist confirms the diagnosis of End-Stage AMD, recommends the telescope prosthesis evaluation if appropriate for the patient, and in cases where the treatment may be appropriate, ensures that the patient meets all eligibility requirements to be a candidate for the telescope. He or she does not perform the surgery. The telescope prosthesis is implanted in the anterior segment by a cornea-trained cataract surgeon.
Why is a Cornea/Vitreoretinal Surgeon involved in this treatment for End-Stage AMD?
The telescope prosthesis is implanted in the anterior segment of the eye. Only physicians who are experienced in the medical management and surgical treatment of the cornea should perform the telescope implantation procedure used in the CentraSight treatment program.
Does the Cornea/Vitreoretinal Surgeon need special training?
CentraSight treatment program surgeons must complete telescope prosthesis implantation physician training prior to using the device in a clinical setting.
I am a Low Vision Optometrist. Does a CentraSight patient need to see me?
An Optometrist plays a key role in the CentraSight treatment program including evaluating candidate patients' vision (with and without external telescope simulators) and providing test results to the ophthalmologist. Follow-up optometric care is also required.
I am a Low Vision Occupational Therapist. What is my role in CentraSight treatment program?
Rehabilitation training is important to the success of patients who receive the telescope prosthesis. The role of the Low Vision Occupational Therapist (OT) is to help patients set achievable functional goals and guide patients through the postoperative visual training/rehabilitation.