In our 40s and 50s, we begin to experience the naturally frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper, 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 (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah), and it eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before.
The eye’s natural lens is normally elastic and flexible. It works like a camera lens to automatically adjust and focus our vision. This lets us automatically switch our gaze from something near to something far away. Over time, the lens in your eye begins to stiffen. It can’t bend into the right shapes to bring close objects into clear focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away to help your eye to focus.
Presbyopia continues to progress over time. For example, someone who is 45 may only notice it when trying to read tiny print in low light. However, someone who is 50 may need to use reading glasses many times throughout the day.
Near Vision Restoration procedures restore near vision and free you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. Eye Associates provides two different inlay procedures to restore near vision. These inlays, both smaller than a contact lens and thinner than a human hair, are called the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay and the KAMRA Inlay. While these inlays are implanted in one eye only, both eyes work together to create one image. The inlay eye provides an improvement in near vision. With both eyes working together there is not a compromise for distance vision and patients still have a significant improvement in near vision. If a patient is experiencing trouble seeing both up close and far away, LASIK surgery may be combined with the Near Vision inlay chosen for the patient.
Your unique visual measurements during your FREE consultation will determine what procedure is more suited for you.
Raindrop is made of a soft, biocompatible material similar to a soft contact lens. It has similar properties and water content as the cornea. Raindrop works by gently changing the shape of the cornea.
The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. The KAMRA inlay is a mini-ring with an opening -- or pinhole -- in the center. The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming into the eye.