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Reading Vision Correction

As people age, it is not uncommon to experience a decline in vision. Specifically, near vision becomes blurry, making it difficult to read a newspaper or look at a smartphone. Some people notice that they need to hold their book farther away than usual to focus on the words. This blurry near vision is caused by an extremely common condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia is an age related refractive error that begins around a person’s 40’s and 50’s.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a normal part of aging, and happens to almost everyone. The natural lens inside of the eye, responsible for focusing light onto the retina, is normally flexible. This flexibility allows your eye to move to accommodate for the close range. As we age, this lens loses it elasticity, becoming less flexible and unable to accommodate near vision.
Most people choose to manage the effects of presbyopia using reading glasses. However, it can be frustrating to need to reach for a pair of reading glasses many times a day. For those who find reading glasses unbearable, the KAMRA inlay may be what you’re looking for.

What is KAMRA?

The KAMRA corneal inlay is a tiny, donut shaped ring that is implanted into the cornea. This tiny device utilizes the “pinhole effect”, allowing only focused light to enter the eye. The KAMRA inlay is implanted into only one eye, allowing you to regain your near vision without losing intermediate and distance vision. 

The KAMRA Procedure

Your surgeon at Morristown Ophthalmology will begin by creating a corneal incision using a highly specialized laser called a femtosecond laser. This accurate laser is able to create a precise incision in the first few layers of the cornea, through which the KAMRA inlay will be inserted.

Once the incision is created, your surgeon will carefully position the KAMRA inlay over the pupil. Once the KAMRA inlay has been positioned the surgery is over. The incision in the cornea is self-healing, requiring no stitches.

 

The Recovery Process

Recovery after the KAMRA inlay procedure is quite easy, requiring little to no downtime. Most people return to work the very next day. As far as vision correction, many people experience fluctuations in vision during the first few months. This is because your eyes are learning to work together to provide both near and distance vision. This can also be a result of dry eye symptoms, which can be managed using eye drops. Be sure to avoid using your reading glasses during your recovery. You will also be instructed on how often to take your medications, including artificial tears. Be sure to attend your scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure the healing process is going well.

If you are tired of reaching for your reading glasses, and you are interested in this life-changing procedure, look no further! Our vision correction experts are here to guide you every step of the way. Contact Morristown Ophthalmology today for your consultation and find out if KAMRA is right for you!