Treating Presbyopia with the KAMRA Inlay and Other Advanced Treatments
Presbyopia is an age-related condition that causes your eyes to gradually lose their ability to focus on nearby objects. While it is commonly treated with reading glasses or contacts, our team of Toronto, ON, eye surgeons offers several advanced surgical options, including monovision LASIK and the KAMRATM inlay (an implantable lens). After these treatments, you can expect to read, watch television, or use your smartphone with little or no need for glasses or contacts.
What Is Presbyopia?
Even if you have always had 20/20 vision, your vision will inevitably change as you age. Many start to notice the symptoms of presbyopia around their mid 40s. Presbyopia occurs when the crystalline lens begins to thicken and lose flexibility. When you are young, your lenses will naturally adjust to focus on objects at varying distances. When your lenses lose flexibility, close focus becomes compromised.
Presbyopia treatment involves replacing the crystalline lens, supplementing it with a synthetic device, or altering surrounding tissues to foster the proper focus of light onto the retina.
TLC Laser Eye Centers is one of the few practices in North America to offer the KAMRA™ inlay.
Advanced Treatment Options for Presbyopia
Corrective lenses are the most common way to address presbyopia. However, we understand that you may not want to wear glasses or contacts. That is why we offer several alternative treatments, including the KAMRA™ Inlay. Your doctor can position this tiny disc in one of two ways. He can place it inside a flap in your cornea or use an advanced laser to create a corneal pocket for the inlay. Once inserted, the disc will block unfocused light so that only a focused beam reaches your retina. The placement procedure takes just 15 to 20 minutes, and the dramatic results can last for years. TLC Laser Eye Centers is one of the few practices in North America to offer this innovative treatment.
Other surgical presbyopia treatments include:
- Multifocal IOLs: Your doctor can replace the crystalline lens with an intraocular lens. This device will act just like a healthy natural lens. A multifocal IOL has concentric “visual zones” to focus light at varying distances.
- LASIK Monovision: This unique type of LASIK corrects one eye for distance vision and the other for close vision. Because many patients find it difficult to adjust to the results of this treatment, your doctor may suggest that you first try monovision with two different contact lenses.
- TECNIS®: If you suffer from both cataracts and presbyopia, your doctor may recommend TECNIS® multifocal lenses. This type of IOL can correct vision at different distances, and they are also effective in different degrees of lighting.
Schedule a Consultation
With our state-of-the-art treatment methods, you can experience close focus without the hassle of glasses or contacts. Contact our office online to schedule a consultation, or call us today at (519) 888-4502.