Presbyopia is a common form of vision impairment that is a side effect of aging. Once patients reach their 40s, they begin to notice a decline in their near vision. In the past, the only effective treatment for presbyopia was reading glasses. However, now patients have another option. The KAMRA™ inlay is implanted into the cornea to allow patients to enjoy clear up-close vision so that they can reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. This is the only long-term solution for presbyopia, and one that most patients find to be far more convenient than reading glasses. Dr. Andrew E. Holzman is happy to offer the KAMRA™ inlay at his practice. To ensure that the results of this treatment are optimal, Dr. Holzman discusses the KAMRA™ inlay recovery with his Rockville, MD and Washington, DC patients, and offers tips to ensure that the eyes heal in a timely manner.
Side Effects of the KAMRA™ Procedure
As with any other surgical procedure, patients are likely to experience side effects following the placement of the KAMRA™ inlay. These side effects are often minimal and typically dissipate on their own within a week or two after treatment. Common side effects of the KAMRA™ procedure include discomfort, itchy and watery eyes, and increased sensitivity to light. Some patients may also experience dry eyes, glares and halos, or difficulty with night vision. Despite these side effects, most patients are ready to resume their normal routine within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
When Will I See Improvement in my Vision?
The improvement in reading vision is the most unpredictable part of the KAMRA™ recovery process. Each patient can recover near vision at a dramatically different pace. While some patients may experience a dramatic improvement in up-close vision within a week after surgery, others may see a gradual improvement in their reading vision over the span of a month. It is also normal for the vision to fluctuate in the months following treatment.
Ensuring Optimal Results of Treatment
Again, each patient is unique, so it is highly unusual for any two recoveries to progress in the same manner. However, despite how quickly the eyes heal or how fast reading vision improves, there are steps that a patient can take to ensure that the ultimate results of treatment will be optimal. First and foremost, it is important to follow all provided post-surgical instructions. Some of the most important steps a patient can take to promote the healing of the eyes include the following:
- Try to avoid using reading glasses in order to promote the recovery of up-close vision
- Use prescribed medication as directed (prescribed eye drops are often used for several months after treatment)
- Practice the reading tips offered by Dr. Holzman to help the eyes adjust to the KAMRA™ inlay
- Keep all scheduled follow-up appointments so that Dr. Holzman can track the progression of recovery
The KAMRA™ inlay offers patients a more convenient solution for presbyopia. If you are interested in reducing or eliminating your reliance on reading glasses, contact us to learn more about the KAMRA™ inlay and find out if you are an ideal candidate for this revolutionary procedure.