Impact on Quality of Life Following the Implantable Miniature Telescope Procedure

Tara L. Boehne, Vanessa D. Jewell

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The purpose is to examine the impact of the Implantable Miniature Telescope procedure on the level of treatment satisfaction and quality of life of individuals with end-stage age-related macular degeneration. Six individuals who had undergone the Implantable Miniature Telescope procedure were recruited. The participants completed two survey instruments about their overall quality of life and level of treatment satisfaction post intervention. In-depth interviews were also conducted to gain a perspective of the participant’s lived experience. A moderately high quality-of-life and treatment satisfaction rating was reported by participants post intervention. Qualitative themes included loss of independence, realistic perspective about the procedure, importance of rehabilitation following the procedure, and high treatment satisfaction despite lack of improvement in visual functioning. Moderately high quality-of-life ratings and treatment satisfaction were reported despite reports of limited improvements in participants’ visual function and ability to utilize the Implantable Miniature Telescope. However, qualitative responses revealed a negative impact on quality of life in relation to their diagnosis of end-stage age-related macular degeneration, but not in direct relation to the Implantable Miniature Telescope procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-209
Number of pages13
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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