Do you find yourself squinting to see objects up close? Dr. Tooma, founder of NVISION Eye Centers shares about a new procedure to help restore vision in older adults.
Q: What exactly is presbyopia, and how many people are affected by it?
A: Presbyopia is the clinical term for the need for reading glasses or bifocals, or the loss of near vision in someone who never needed reading glasses before (It is frequently confused with farsightedness)— It affects everyone eventually, typically starting in their 40s and 50s. When you’re younger, the lens in your eye is stretchy and flexible, but with time it begins to stiffen. As a result, it can no longer bend into the right shape to bring close objects into focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away to focus and start holding reading materials at arm’s length.
Q: Can you describe the KAMRA inlay procedure and what it entails?
A: The KAMRA inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision, reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses. The INLAY is the same size as the pupil, less than a tenth of the thickness of a human hair and weighs less than a grain of salt. It is implanted in one eye, in the cornea, the front window of the eye. The KAMRA Inlay is a mini-ring with an opening in the center. By using this pinhole effect, the inlay only allows focused light to enter into the eye, therefore everything is in focus, distant objects, near objects and everything in between. The procedure takes less than 10 minutes, and numbing drops are used to ensure you are comfortable.
Within 24-48 hours after the procedure, most patients can resume normal activities and return to work.
Q: Who are the best candidates for the procedure?
A: The KAMRA inlay is ideal for active individuals between the ages of 45 and 60, who want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on reading glasses, bifocals or mono-vision contact lenses.
Q: Are there any risk factors that patients should be aware of before considering the procedure?
A: Like any surgical procedure, it’s best to discuss with your doctor the potential benefits and risks. It’s important to note that the KAMRA inlay can always be removed.
Q: What are the alternative treatments for presbyopia besides the KAMRA inlay?
A: The most common presbyopic treatments in the U.S. are corrective eye wear, such as reading glasses or contact lenses, and monovision with laser vision correction. These options all come with compromise. Reading glasses and contact lenses need to be updated if your prescription changes. Monovision is a laser vision correction procedure (or accomplished with contact lenses) that treats one eye for distance and one eye for near vision. The compromise with monovision is that it sacrifices your distance vision for clear near vision as well as depth perception.
Q: Where can we find more information about NVISION and the KAMRA inlay procedure?
For more information on NVISION and the KAMRA inlay procedure, please visit www.nvisioncenters.com
This is a guest post from Dr. Tom Tooma, MD founder of NVISION Eye Centers.
About NVISION Eye Centers: NVISION Eye Centers is one of the largest providers of LASIK and cataract surgery in the U.S.–and among the first to perform the recent FDA-approved KAMRA™ inlay procedure to treat aging eyes — with 26 centers in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona.
About Dr. Tom Tooma, M.D. Dr. Tooma is the founder of NVISION Eye Centers. Dr. Tooma was the first doctor in California to perform LASIK surgery, the first to perform Custom Wavefront Guided LASIK and the first to use the FemtoSecond Laser (IntraLase FS30 – All Laser LASIK), a safer and more precise method than a traditional blade to increase a patient’s chances of achieving 20/20, or better, vision. Dr. Tooma received his M.D. from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology. He completed his fellowship in Corneal Surgery and External Disease at the Emory University Department of Ophthalmology in Atlanta, Georgia and has been a board-certified ophthalmologist for more than 25 years.