Why Is My Near Vision Changing?
When we are in our 20’s and 30’s, our eye’s natural lens is elastic and flexible. It works like a camera lens to automatically adjust and focus at different distances. Over time, the natural lens begins to stiffen. In our 40’s and 50’s, we begin to notice that our near vision is getting blurry. The everyday vision we took for granted just isn’t there anymore. The natural lens can no longer change shape to bring close objects into focus. To compensate, we move reading materials further away until they are the right distance to focus. This is called “presbyopia” (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah) and it continues to get worse with age. It is estimated that 114 million people in the United States are struggling with this frustrating natural eye condition.
Presbyopia eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before. For example, someone who is 45 may only notice it when trying to read small print. However, someone who is 55 may need to use reading glasses many times throughout the day to read a newspaper, see the computer screen or to send a text message.
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What is KAMRA® Inlay?
The KAMRA® Inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustration of reading glasses. The inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA® Inlay is a mini-ring with a pinhole opening in the center. The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming from both near and far into the eye. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision. There may be times when additional magnification is needed, like reading small print in dim light or viewing near work for an extended period of time.
The entire KAMRA® Inlay procedure will typically take less than 20 minutes. Your doctor will ask you to lie on your back and focus on a light above your eye. Remaining still and focusing on this light helps you achieve the best possible results. Using a laser, the doctor will create a small pocket in the first few layers of your cornea. The doctor will then insert the KAMRA® Inlay into the pocket and center it over your pupil. The KAMRA® Inlay will be placed in one eye. The other eye will be left untouched.
Following surgery, both eyes work together to provide a full range of vision, from near to far. Your near vision will be restored while you will maintain distance vision. The KAMRA® Inlay offers a long-term solution that will help you enjoy clear near vision over time.
As with any eye surgery, healing from KAMRA® Inlay surgery is a process. Adhering to your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress. The amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual. While some patients see an improvement within the first week to a month, others may require additional time to heal. Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within a couple days. It is typical to experience some fluctuations in your vision in the first few months after KAMRA® Inlay surgery due to dry eyes or your brain adapting to the new vision. These will likely stabilize. The keys to success are to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following your doctor’s instructions.