Monovision vs. Kamra InlayFriday, August 15th, 2014, 9:15 am
As individuals reach their 40s, the majority will develop a condition called presbyopia, or the age-related inability to focus up close. Most eye care professionals believe that presbyopia develops as the eye’s natural lens hardens with age, making it difficult for the lens to adjust focus when looking at objects at different distances.
Although some people with presbyopia use bifocals to see up close, there are other treatment options available. Monovision and Kamra Inlay are two such possibilities used to treat presbyopia.
With monovision, the ophthalmologist performs laser vision correction surgery to correct one eye so it is able to focus in the distance and the other eye so it is able to focus up close. With practice, the eyes generally adjust to see clearly at multiple distances. However, there are limitations to monovision, which include decreased depth perception, which can greatly affect many sports and activities such as golf, tennis and skiing. Also, patients still require glasses for reading as they reach the age of 50. Some patients are not able to adjust to having monovision, so it is important for prospective patients to visit Skouras Eye Centre for a consultation. During consultation, patients can try on different contact lenses to get a better feel for whether they could benefit from monovision.
As an alternative, we also offer Kamra Inlay, an implantable device placed in the eye. The Kamra Inlay device corrects the visual effects of presbyopia, providing patients with improved near and intermediate vision.
The Kamra Inlay is a circular, opaque micro-disc similar to an implantable contact lens. (In fact, with a diameter of 3.8 mm, it is smaller than a contact lens.) When implanted in the cornea, the miniscule aperture (hole) in the center of the Kamra Inlay blocks unfocused light while allowing the focused light to reach the retina. The focused rays of light provide patients with improved vision at multiple distances, including up close.
There are many benefits to Kamra Inlay, including that it does not affect your distance vision. This means there is no loss of depth perception. With Kamra Inlay, you also have the ability to see objects in near and intermediate distances. Also, the Kamra Inlay never needs to be replaced—it lasts a lifetime!
Monovision and Kamra Inlay are both excellent treatment options for presbyopia, and Dr. Skouras will help you decide which one is best suited for your individual needs.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Skouras to learn more about your presbyopia treatment options, please contact Skouras Eye Centre by calling (416) 590-0445 today.