Almost 11 million Americans live with presbyopia, which is the age-related loss of reading vision that usually starts in a person’s 40s. Presbyopia causes objects that are nearby to appear blurry or fuzzy. The effects of presbyopia make it difficult to read, send a text message or peruse a menu without wearing reading glasses. Presbyopia can also cause other symptoms, such as eyestrain and headaches.
Individuals whose eyes are otherwise healthy — free of glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic eye disease — and who see well at distance may qualify for a corrective procedure that uses corneal inlays to restore clear near vision while preserving distance vision. Corneal inlays often reduce or eliminate the need to wear reading glasses.
Boston LASIK surgeon Dr. Ernest Kornmehl of Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates is pleased to offer two corneal inlays: the Raindrop inlay and the Kamra inlay.
The Kamra Inlay
The Kamra inlay is similar to the size of a contact lens and shaped like a ring with a small pinhole in the center. The pinhole allows only focused light to enter the eye, blocking out unfocused light. Like the Raindrop, the Kamra inlay cannot be seen or felt, and it can be removed if needed.
The Kamra inlay procedure normally takes 30 minutes or less. A laser is used to create a small opening in the first few layers of the eye. The Kamra is inserted through the opening and positioned over the eye. The opening then seals itself. Most patients resume normal activities within a day or two and recover their distance vision quickly. Reading vision can take up to a month to develop.
Learn More about Corneal Inlays for Presbyopia
If you would like more information about the Raindrop or Kamra inlay for presbyopia, please contact Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates and request a consultation with Dr. Kornmehl. Call (781) 237-3366 or email us today.