What Is Presbyopia and How Is It Treated?
It is a natural fact of life that everybody ages and things that used to be easy become more difficult. This is definitely true for your vision because as you age, you are at higher risk for vision problems and developing common eye diseases.
The word “presbyopia” literally translates to “old eye”, and it is a natural part of the aging process. Presbyopia causes you to lose the ability to see things up close and it often begins to occur after the age of 40. This is why many people need to buy reading glasses as they begin to age.
What is Presbyopia?
When you are young, the lenses in your eyes are soft, flexible, and can change shape easily. Presbyopia happens with the clear lens inside your eye starts to become rigid with age. Because it can’t change shape as easily at it could when you were younger, you have a harder time seeing things up close.
Presbyopia is often confused with farsightedness but they are actually two separate things. Although some of the symptoms are similar, far-sightedness has genetic tendencies and can be present even at birth whereas presbyopia is a natural sign of aging.
If presbyopia is left untreated, it can cause eye strain and discomfort. There is no way to stop or reverse the aging process that causes presbyopia but there are several treatments available. One of those treatments is the KAMRA Inlay.
What is the KAMRA® Inlay?
The KAMRA Inlay was designed specifically for the treatment of presbyopia. The inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the inlay is a tiny ring with an opening – or pinhole – in the center. This pinhole allows only focused light to enter your eye.
The KAMRA inlay is placed in only one of your eyes, allowing you to see up close, while maintaining your distance vision in both eyes. Your non-KAMRA eye is left untouched. Working together, the eyes allow you to see near to far.
The KAMRA inlay is approximately 3.8 millimeters in diameter and weighs less than a grain of salt! In addition, the KAMRA Inlay contains thousands of laser-cut micro perforations that allow your cornea to continue functioning normally after implantation. This advanced technology is making reading glasses a thing of the past.
Who is a Candidate for the KAMRA® Inlay?
The ideal candidate for KAMRA is 40 or older and is someone who is sick of dealing with reading glasses. If you have readers on your nightstand, on your desk, in your car and sometimes on your head – but still can’t find them when you need them – KAMRA is a great option for you.
In short, you can expect to be able to see up close without your reading glasses. You don’t think about how many things you use your near vision for until it’s gone. But after KAMRA Corneal Inlay, you will be able to see your computer screen, your cell phone, a menu – anything you want to see up close – all without taking away any of your distance vision.