What is Reading Vision?
As people age, it is not uncommon to experience a decline in near vision. Specifically, near vision becomes blurry, making it difficult to read a newspaper or read messages on a phone. 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 typically begins in a person’s 40’s and 50’s.
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 the eye to move to accommodate the close range. With natural aging, this lens loses its elasticity, becoming less flexible and unable to accommodate near vision.
Until recently with advances in technology, most people would 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 inconvenient, the KAMRA® or Raindrop® inlays may be a solution to consider.
What is Raindrop®?
The Raindrop® inlay is a transparent, hydrogel inlay that is implanted just beneath the surface of the cornea in the non-dominant eye. The inlay gently creates a shape change of the cornea that improves a patient’s near vision reducing the need for reading glasses.
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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 for near vision without losing intermediate and distance vision.