Beginning around age 40, the majority of people begin to notice a decline in their near vision. Common tasks like reading a newspaper, sending a text message and driving become difficult as vision becomes blurred. This age-related loss of near vision, known as presbyopia, becomes progressively worse over time.
As a leading vision care practice serving Fort Worth and the surrounding area, Texas Eye and Laser Center stays abreast of the latest technology and treatments to help patients, including those with presbyopia, regain clear vision. A corneal inlay is a tiny, ring-shaped disc that is implanted into the cornea, restoring near vision. Thanks to the corneal inlay procedure, patients can read a newspaper or text message with ease, with less dependency on glasses.
About Corneal Inlay
The corneal inlay is a thin, biocompatible lens, smaller than the size of a soft contact lens. The inlay has a miniscule pinhole in the center, which allows only focused light to enter the eye. The implant is placed onto the non-dominant eye, within the tissue of the cornea and in front of the pupil. The non-dominant eye works with the dominant eye to focus on both near and distant objects, maintaining clear vision at all distances.
Suitable candidates for the corneal inlay procedure are those who:
- Are between age 40 and 60
- Experience fuzzy or blurred vision when reading their smartphone, computer screen or watch
- Want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses
The corneal inlay procedure is a short and safe procedure, lasting no more than 30 minutes. Prior to the procedure, the eyes are numbed with anesthetic eye drops to ensure the patient’s comfort. To start, a laser is used to create a small incision and pocket on the cornea. The inlay is then carefully inserted and positioned onto the cornea, centered over the pupil. The incision will heal itself naturally. Patients should have someone drive them home after the procedure, where they should rest for the remainder of the day.
Following the procedure, patients may experience mild irritation after the effects of the numbing eye drops wear off. Common side effects include light sensitivity and tearing, which can be treated with prescription medication. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities, including work, within a day or two after treatment. Most patients notice an improvement in vision after the first week to a month.
The corneal inlay can be removed, if necessary. In most cases, vision returns to the level the patient had prior to the placement of the inlay.
Trust Texas Eye & Laser Center with Your Vision
At Texas Eye & Laser Center, patient safety comes first. Our eye experts utilize the most up-to-date and innovative diagnostic tools and treatment methods to treat each patient. We will conduct a thorough eye examination in order to determine whether a corneal inlay procedure is the appropriate treatment for your personal vision needs and goals. If you struggle to read text messages or books, or simply want to reduce your dependency on reading glasses, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us to learn more about the corneal inlay procedure.
To contact Texas Eye and Laser Center, please call (817) 540-6060 today.