Posted April 24, 2015
You may have heard about cataract and LASIK eye procedures. Have you heard about corneal inlay surgery? This is a relatively new technique that is improving the lives of people over age 40 who struggle with blurred or near-vision problems.
As people age, their eyes usually change. Suddenly they notice that life around them doesn’t look the same. They may have to strain to see road signs, move reading material farther or closer, or notice blurriness in their vision.
Historically eye doctors prescribed glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. The introduction of LASIK surgery in 1995 provided a new solution to improve common vision problems, such as farsightedness, astigmatism, nearsightedness or presbyopia. In the U.S.,LASIK is considered the most popular refractive surgery. And in the past 20 years, more than 12 million LASIK surgeries have been performed.
Corneal inlay surgery offers a less invasive approach to LASIK for correcting presbyopia, or near vision, because corneal tissue is not removed.
During inlay surgery, a tiny lens, similar to a small contact, is inserted into the cornea, the clear surface that covers the front of the eye. Following the procedure, people who used reading glasses no longer needed them to read or work on materials at close range. There also have been some instances when doctors combined corneal inlay and LASIK procedures in one surgery to correct several vision problems at once.
Eye surgeons are excited about the options available through corneal inlay surgery and its role in improving people’s vision. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the KAMRA optical device.
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