Throw Your Readers Away: New Procedure Eliminates Need For Reading Glasses

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Marcy Javor didn’t want to go back to wearing glasses even if it was just for reading.

She had the LASIK procedure performed on her eyes about 15 years ago and said she noticed some of her eyesight deteriorating when it came to reading.

So, she made an appointment with Dr. G. Richard Cohen, who performed her LASIK procedure.

During that appointment, Dr. Cohen told her about a new procedure that she was a candidate for, KAMRA Corneal Inlay.

Once complete, she could throw away her readers for good.

“The fact that I wouldn’t have to wear glasses for reading would be the best thing in the world for me,” she said.

Next week, she booked the procedure and a day after the operation, she said her eyesight was already improved.

“The funny thing is everyone says there is nothing you can do to help with reading glasses,” she said. “The fact that this procedure is out there, it’s awesome. I would recommend it to anyone who needs reading glasses to get the procedure done.”

The procedure was invented about a decade ago, Dr. Cohen said.

“It’s based on simple optics,” he said. “If you peek through a pinhole you see better.”

The pinhole, he said, focuses the light rays onto the macular which is the center of the retina. The science behind it is over 100 years old.

Now, there is a modern day procedure to match the knowledge. So you can say goodbye to your readers or cheaters.

The KAMRA procedure was launched about four years ago. The company put it out to any and all opthalmologists to perform. Dr. Cohen said there was not much success because there were not qualified doctors performing the surgery.

So, the company pulled it off the market and re-introduced it to a select amount of doctors familiar with the LASIK procedure and cornea surgery last year.

Dr. Cohen, who has practiced for the last 33 years, performs both procedures regularly. The company approached him about offering KAMRA last year and since he has performed about 70 procedures.

“We do have a lot of patients in the age range of 40-60 who are tired of wearing reading glasses,” he said. “It was a perfect fit for our practice.”

The procedure involves placing a special plastic polymer compatible with the eye that breathes in the cornea to create the small pinhole effect to help your eye see better.

The inlay design is based on the same concept as smart phone cameras – small aperture optics.

It sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA inlay is a mini-ring with an opening — or pinhole — in the center. The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming into the eye. Working much like a smart phone camera lens, the pinhole allows focused light to enter the eye for clearer reading vision and a more natural range of vision from near to far.

“It’s easy for the patient they just have to lie there,” he said. “It’s unbelievable technology.”

The procedure combats Presbyopia, a natural eye condition that is estimated to affect nearly 114 million people in the United States, which reduces the ability of the eye to focus on near objects.

“With the Karma Inlay, golfers can hit their best long shot and then glance down to easily read a text screen on their cell phone, without having to put on glasses,” he said.

He said not all people will qualify for the procedure, which is considered elective and not covered by insurance.

He said if you have had LASIK you still can have KAMRA. You can also have both procedures performed at the same time.

The recovery time can take up to a few months to see the final results. The post recovery involves putting drops in your eyes for three months with the frequency of drops decreasing as time passes. He said the drops prevent any inflammation.

“It was easy,” Javor said. “It was 15 minutes and I was out the door. One day later and I am already seeing 20/20, it’s blurry of course, but I’m thrilled.”

Cohen Laser Vision Center is located at 3020 North Military Trail, Suite 150 in Boca Raton. For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen for a KAMRA Corneal Inlay assessment, call 561-981-8400, toll-free 877-COHENEYE.