VisionCare Implantable Telescope Technology Presentations Featured at Upcoming American Academy of Ophthalmology and

VisionCare Implantable Telescope Technology Presentations Featured at Upcoming
American Academy of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Innovation Summit Meetings

Telescope Prosthesis for End-Stage Macular Degeneration Highlighted

PR Newswire

SARATOGA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012

SARATOGA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VisionCare Ophthalmic
Technologies, Inc., developer of the first FDA-approved ophthalmic telescope
implant indicated to improve vision in patients with end-stage age-related
macular degeneration (AMD), announced today the upcoming scientific and
corporate presentations on its implantable telescope technology. The telescope
implant is an integral component of a new patient care program called
CentraSight®, which has been developed to improve vision and quality of life
in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most
advanced form of AMD. Eligible patients must have associated central vision
blindness and must have either stopped responding to AMD medications, or have
a form of the disease for which no treatment is available.

Two podium presentations are scheduled as follows:

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting
November 10 – 13, 2012 – McCormick Place, Chicago.

  oMonday, November 12
    Session: Late Breakers Symposium
    Topic: Implantable Miniature Telescope for AMD
    Time: 2:35 – 2:45 PM
    Presenter: Stephen S. Lane, MD
    Location: McCormick Place, Grand Ballroom S100C

Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS)
November 8, 2012 – Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago.

  oSession: Private Device Company Showcase
    Time: 9:05 – 9:13 AM
    Presenter: Allen W. Hill, President and CEO

At the AAO annual meeting, VisionCare is in Booth #2665 located in the South
Building, Level 3, Hall A of McCormick Place.

About the CentraSight Treatment Program
The first-of-kind telescope implant is integral to a new patient care program,
CentraSight, for patients with end-stage macular degeneration. The
CentraSight treatment program involves a patient management process and access
to reimbursement information for patients and physicians. The telescope
implantation is performed by a specially trained ophthalmic surgeon as an
outpatient procedure.

Patients and physicians can find more information about the telescope implant
and related treatment program at or 1-877-99-SIGHT.

About the Telescope Implant
The Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) is indicated for
monocular implantation to improve vision in patients greater than or equal to
75 years of age with stable severe to profound vision impairment
(best-corrected distance visual acuity 20/160 to 20/800) caused by bilateral
central scotomas (blind areas) associated with end-stage AMD. This level of
visual impairment constitutes statutory (legal) blindness.

Smaller than a pea, the telescope is implanted in one eye in an outpatient
surgical procedure. In the implanted eye, the device renders enlarged central
vision images over a wide area of the retina to improve central vision, while
the non-operated eye provides peripheral vision for mobility and orientation.

The risks and benefits associated with the telescope implant are discussed in
the Patient Information Booklet available at

About End-Stage Macular Degeneration
AMD is a disorder of the central retina, or macula, which is responsible for
detailed vision that controls important functional visual activities like
recognizing faces and watching television. The National Eye Institute
estimates that over 1.7 million Americans over age 50 suffer vision loss from
advanced AMD, which frequently culminates as end-stage AMD (visual impairment
due to untreatable advanced AMD in both eyes). These patients often experience
a loss of independence and social isolation, and have difficulty with
activities of daily living. Approximately half of the individuals living with
advanced AMD are affected in both eyes.

About VisionCare
VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Saratoga, CA, is a
privately-held company focused on development, manufacturing, and marketing of
implantable ophthalmic devices and technologies that are intended to
significantly improve vision and quality of life for individuals with
untreatable retinal disorders. The company's R&D and manufacturing facility is
located in Petah Tikva, Israel. VisionCare's investors include Saints Capital,
Pitango Venture Capital, Three Arch Partners, ONSET Ventures, BSI
Healthcapital, Giza Venture Capital, and Infinity Private Equity Fund.
VisionCare's Implantable Miniature Telescope was invented by company founders
Yossi Gross and Isaac Lipshitz. Information on VisionCare can be found at

SOURCE VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc.

Contact: Russell LaMontagne, +1-917-744-7957,
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