Many people in their 40s and 50s will finally opt for a vision correction procedure as this is when bifocal lenses, multifocal lenses, or reading glasses become necessary. Even those who have never experienced visual issues before will encounter a decrease in near vision at this stage in their life. This progression of decreasing vision is caused by presbyopia and can vary based on which stage of the dysfunctional lens syndrome they are in. Dry eye is also more common in this age group and can make wearing contact lenses more uncomfortable.
Laser vision surgery can correct visual errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but our surgeons can also reduce the dependency on glasses for near vision with one of the following treatments.
KAMRA Vision™ is able to improve presbyopic patients’ near vision through a simple, outpatient procedure. With this inlay, depth-of-focus is increased and patients typically notice improvement in their near vision within the first week post operatively. The KAMRA inlay can be implanted on its own, with, or even years after patients have undergone laser vision correction.
Dr. Durrie after having blended vision with LASIK performed by Dr. Stahl.
Our doctors believe that blended vision is another good option for presbyopic patients. Blended vision should not be confused with monovision. Blended vision is milder than monovision because there is less near correction in the non-dominant eye resulting in less difference between the eyes. Far more people are able to adapt to blended vision than to monovision as there is little to no dissociation between the eyes. An increase in range of vision is achieved when the distance and near eyes overlap at intermediate distances. The brain usually adapts to each eye focusing at a different distance within six to eight weeks, but it may take longer for you to adjust. There may be some situations (such as night driving, performing fine detailed work or reading in poor lighting conditions) where you might require corrective lenses.
The decision to have blended vision or a KAMRA inlay is dependent upon many factors, including: age, profession, hobbies, and desired outcomes. This decision should be made with your surgeon during the Advanced Ocular Analysis.