Presbyopia is a hardening of the natural lens of the eye. This unavoidable condition typically begins around age 40 and will continue to progress with age.
Presbyopia causes difficulties with near vision, making tasks like reading or working on a computer more tiresome. If your vision has begun to get blurry or if you find yourself needing to hold written materials at arms-length to read, you may be experiencing the effects of this lens hardening. When steps aren’t taken to address presbyopia, it may result in eye strain and, in some people, cause severe headaches.
If you are experiencing diminished near vision, Dr. Daniel Sambursky can help. Call 607-821-4455 to schedule a consultation and learn more. Located in Binghamton, Daniel Sambursky, M.D. welcomes patients living in Syracuse, Ithaca, and all surrounding areas of New York.
The most common treatment for presbyopia is reading glasses. Progressive lenses or bifocals may be useful for treating this age-related vision condition, though that depends entirely on your current prescription.
LASIK may have some impact on presbyopia as well. Monovision LASIK, in particular, can be an effective option for people struggling with near vision disorders. However, presbyopia is a progressive disorder and vision will continue to change as the lens hardens regardless of the shape of the cornea, making LASIK a temporary solution.
Dr. Sambursky has found that, for patients who desire lasting presbyopia correction that does not require glasses or contact lenses, a corneal inlay is the best option. He is pleased to offer the KAMRA® inlay, a truly advanced and incredibly effective surgical option for the permanent correction of presbyopia.
About the KAMRA Inlay
The KAMRA inlay is placed in the cornea of your non-dominant eye. Smaller than a contact lens, this inlay has a small pinhole in its center that works like a camera aperture, allowing only focused light through. Through the action of blocking unfocused light while only allowing focused light in, the KAMRA inlay allows for improved vision at a range of distances.
While similar to monovision LASIK in that vision is intentionally made different in each eye, the KAMRA inlay continues to focus light so long as it remains in place, allowing the eyes to work in concert for clear vision at a range of distances well into the future. During your initial consultation at our Binghamton office, Dr. Sambursky can talk about this in greater detail to help you determine if the KAMRA inlay is the best solution for you.
The procedure for placing the KAMRA inlay takes around 20 minutes and is performed entirely in-office. During the procedure, a laser is used to make a small pocket in the cornea, where the inlay will be placed. Once the pocket is created, the KAMRA inlay is placed inside and aligned with your visual pathway. The pocket needed for the placement of your corneal inlay will begin healing as soon as the procedure is completed.
Numbing drops are used during the procedure, though placing the KAMRA inlay is largely considered painless. You may feel some slight pressure during the procedure and you may experience dry, itchy and watery eyes for a short time after, but most people are able to resume all normal activities within 24 to 48 hours.
You can reduce irritation and discomfort by heading home immediately after your procedure to rest with eyes closed. Dr. Sambursky will provide you with medications as needed and discuss managing this slight discomfort before your procedure.
For some, vision correction with the KAMRA inlay is instantaneous. Others may need to wait while the eyes adjust. In some cases, vision fluctuations may continue for three to six months. The tradeoff is a lifetime free of glasses and contacts to treat presbyopia. Dr. Sambursky can discuss ways to mitigate discomfort and speed optimal vision correction during your time in our care.
If you are looking for a one-time fix for your presbyopia, please call 607-821-4455 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sambursky today. With the KAMRA inlay, Dr. Sambursky can help you find freedom from glasses and bifocals, and restore a full, blur-free range of vision for a lifetime.