Presbyopia, what we colloquially refer to as “after-40 vision,” is certainly nothing new. A progressive loss of ability to focus on near objects, usually manifesting in our forties, has been a known and medically described phenomenon since at least the 1st century CE. By the late 18th century, the term presbyopia had been coined to refer to the condition. In the 20th century, ophthalmologists began to understand the mechanism behind presbyopia: age-related changes to the eye’s natural crystalline lens, with concurrent loss of strength in the ciliary muscles whose job it is to steepen and flatten the shape of that lens, lead to a loss of accommodation, the process by which the eye changes from far to near focus.

While presbyopia as a medical condition has likely not changed in millennia, what has changed is how it affects our lives. The general trend over the last hundred years has been towards not only living longer, but working and staying active later into maturity. Since the mid-20th century, computers have become ubiquitous to more and more job fields. In the last two decades or so the world has been completely made over, first by the internet, then by the explosion of mobile electronic devices.

These factors all add up to a general trend: a steadily increasing population of working, active adults over 40 who spend more and more time looking at smaller and smaller screens, at work as well as at leisure. The traditional solutions for presbyopia – bifocals for those who already wore glasses; reading glasses for those who did not – are unsatisfactory to many of these people, who may be in their fifties or sixties but don’t feel old or think of themselves as such. Most of them find bifocals and reading glasses inconvenient

In the last few years, a new option has come onto the market, one that is less expensive and invasive than multifocal lens implants and can involve less compromise in distance vision than monovision: the KAMRA™ corneal inlay. The KAMRA™ corneal inlay procedure is an option for patients struggling with “after-40 vision.” This revolutionary device, is designed to improve near vision in patients over the age of 40, reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Hoopes Vision has been involved in the clinical trials for KAMRA for over five years, and we have seen first-hand the outstanding results it can provide.

The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the inlay is a mini-ring with an opening – or pinhole – in the center that allows only focused light to enter the eye.  The KAMRA inlay is placed in only one eye, allowing the patient to see up close while maintaining distance vision in both eyes. The non-KAMRA eye is left untouched. Working together, the eyes allow patients to see near to far.


Good Candidates For KAMRA:

• Are between the ages of 40 and 65

• Are tired of the hassle of reading glasses or bifocals

• Are looking for a new solution for up close vision

For more information and to schedule a free VIP consultation to see if you are a candidate for KAMRA, contact Hoopes Vision by calling 801.988.7272.

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