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In our 40s and 50s, we begin to experience the frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper, looking at a dinner menu, seeing the computer screen or sending a text message becomes a struggle. We end up depending more and more on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close. This natural loss of reading vision is called presbyopia, and it eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before.
The eye’s natural lens is flexible. It works like a camera lens to seamlessly adjust our focus from distance to near. As we age, the lens in your eye begins to stiffen which makes it more difficult to see at near. As presbyopia continues to progress over time reading glasses are needed more often for everyday tasks.
Berkeley Eye Center is excited to announce an alternative to reading glasses that may be right for you! Corneal inlays work to restores near vision, helping free you from the constant hassle of reading glasses. It is ideal for active people looking to no longer depend on reading glasses or contact lenses for their everyday activities. Corneal Inlay treatment:
Watch the video below to learn more about your options for vision correction.
At Berkeley Eye Center, we understand that your eyes are unique in every way, and so are your vision needs. That’s why we offer several options for the corneal inlay treatment. We are happy to offer the Raindrop® corneal inlay, the KAMRA near-vision inlay, as well as monovision for those who qualify.
What to Expect
From start to finish, corneal inlay procedures will typically take less than 20 minutes. Numbing drops are used to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel slight pressure while the doctor uses a laser to create a small opening in the cornea. However, it only lasts a few seconds. The inlay is then placed within the opening. Once the numbing drops wear off, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy and you may also experience tearing or light sensitivity. This is normal. Your doctor will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms.
You will not be able to drive home following the procedure so make arrangements beforehand for a ride. You should not drive until your doctor tells you that this is okay.
As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress. It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual. Most patients see an improvement within the first week. Near vision usually continues to improve for several months. Patients may experience some fluctuation in vision after surgery. This will stabilize as you adapt to the inlay. Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours.
To enhance your recovery and near vision improvement, you should:
Keep in mind that some patients may still require reading glasses for activities such as reading tiny print or reading in low light.