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Presbyopia

Cohen Laser & Vision Center

Board-Certified Refractive Surgery Specialists in South Florida

Presbyopia is age-related changes in the way your eyes focus up close. Around age 40-45, your eye lens grows more rigid and loses some of its focusing power. As a result, light rays from nearby objects aren’t focused on your retina and you have problems with near vision.

Presbyopia typically causes problems with reading and other things you do close to your face. When you have presbyopia, moving something away from your face might help you to see it more clearly, but you might have to hold a book at arm’s length to see the words.

Presbyopia Q & A

What is VUITY? 

VUITY™ is the first and only FDA-approved eye drop to treat age-related Blurry Near Vision (presbyopia) in adults.  This once-a-day eye drop provides several hours of improved intermediate and near vision, without compromising distance acuity.  It is one of several options CLVC offers to treat presbyopia.  

What about reading glasses? 

The most common way to treat presbyopia is using reading glasses, many are available over-the-counter.  People with distance prescriptions can also benefit from a bifocal, trifocal, or progressive prescription that includes magnificaton for near vision.  For those who cannot tolerate glasses, multifocal contact lenses are also available. 

What is monovision? 

For those who cannot tolerate glasses, monovision contacts are available, which allows for one eye to see distance and another eye to see up close.  This effect can also also be achieved with laser vision correction (e.g. LASIK) or cataract surgery.   While most people tolerate monovision well, some complain of difficulty with driving or depth perception.  

What surgical options are available?

Fortunately, today there are many ways to treat presbyopia.  For those who don't want to use glasses or eye drops every day,  CLVC also offers advanced surgical treatments for presbyopia including the KAMRA inlay, monovision LASIK or PRK, multi-focal IOLs for cataract surgery, and is conducting clinical trials for a new laser to treat presbyopia without compromising distance. 

What is KAMRA ?

Developed by Seattle-based CorneaGen™, KAMRA is a corneal inlay that restores your near vision without affecting your distance vision. The KAMRA inlay sits in the upper layers of your cornea, where it controls and focuses the light rays that enter your eye to allow you to see close-up without reading glasses.

The best KAMRA candidates are patients in their 40s and 50s, who need reading glasses only or need distance correction as well as reading glasses. In these patients, LASIK plus KAMRA may be recommended.   The doctors at CLVC will determine which procedure, if any, is right for you.