Frustrated with Reading Glasses?
Residents of the Dallas / Fort Worth area who are frustrated with reading glasses may have a new option to improve their near vision deficiencies, thanks to a new procedure called the corneal inlay.
Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center, with centers in Plano and Arlington, is the first practice in Dallas/Fort Worth to offer the breakthrough corneal inlay procedure after FDA approval.
This technology is designed in part to address Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS), a frustrating vision condition affecting millions of Americans over 40. A major sign of DLS is the deterioration of reading vision, particularly in low-light conditions. The corneal inlay procedure was created to help patients with DLS regain their reading vision.
How the Corneal Inlay Works
The inlay itself looks like a small camera lens, with a tiny opening in the middle. It is significantly smaller than a contact lens: 3.8 mm in diameter to be exact. It is about one-fourth of the width of a human hair and contains 8,400 micro-perforations, which allow the eye to maintain nourishment of the cornea.
During an in-office procedure, the inlay is implanted into the cornea, several layers above the pupil. This device takes advantage of the same “pinhole effect” that is used in photography to create a greater depth of focus. The small opening in the corneal inlay only allows focused light to enter the eye, improving near vision.
The Surgeons’ Opinions
“One of the most significant frustrations we hear from patients is their inability to see up close without reading glasses,” says Anthony Evangelista, MD, partner surgeon at Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center. “They have glasses stashed in every drawer and are still frustrated each time they pick up something to read. With the corneal inlay procedure, we can finally provide an ideal solution for many of these patients.”
David A. Kleiman, MD, founder of Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center, emphasizes the practice’s goal to serve patients at every life stage. “We strive to help patients achieve better vision, from age 18 to 80 and beyond. The corneal inlay technology is essential to realizing this goal, and we’re excited to offer this new category of treatment options for our patients who are frustrated with readers.”
The corneal inlay procedure has been available in countries in Europe and Asia for several years. The surgeons at Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center and select ophthalmologists across the country are excited to bring this breakthrough technology to their patients.
The corneal inlay is designed to provide a greater sense of freedom and reduce everyday hassle among patients who find themselves wearing reading glasses more often than not. This is exciting news for those who have been dealing with the frustrations of Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome, and for surgeons who, until now, have lacked an ideal solution to this condition for their patients.
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