We offer a wide variety of reading vision or near vision options at Clear Choice Custom LASIK Center. As Cleveland refractive surgery experts we offer much more than LASIK. Although LASIK eye surgery is an excellent procedure with tremendous benefits it might not be for everyone. This is why we offer vision correction alternatives. Please take a look at some of the other options available at our eye care practice.
Do you struggle with reading glasses? Do you have trouble reading menus at restaurants or seeing things up close? If so you may have developed presbyopia over the years as this naturally happens typically over the age of 40. With time, the eye’s natural lens can become too stiff to focus up close. Presbyopia sets in and reading becomes troublesome. Presbyopia is farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.
The Kamra™ Inlay is an option that can be used to correct presbyopia and reduce dependence on reading glasses. The KAMRA™ inlay provides an improved range of focus for both near and intermediate vision without affecting distance vision. The KAMRA inlay is a microscopic disc with a diameter of 3.8mm that is inserted into the eye. The KAMRA Inlay could be a great solution for individuals over 40 seeking to restore their everyday near vision and reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
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Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive Lens Exchange is commonly referred to as clear lens extraction or presbyopic lens correcting intraocular surgery. RLE is an emerging type of refractive surgery very similar to cataract surgery. Like many other types of refractive surgery, including LASIK eye surgery, Refractive Lens Exchange corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness. The desired refractive result is achieved with the insertion of a lens implant known as an IOL. Refractive Lens Exchange is a great option when vision problems extend beyond the limits of lasers. For example, if a patient is too nearsighted but also has a reading issue one of these new multifocal lenses may be a good option.
Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL
The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is a premium intraocular lens that is specifically designed to offer both distance and near vision. This lens is typically implanted at the time of cataract removal. It is also sometimes used during an elective “refractive lens exchange” procedure when better distance and/or near vision is desired. The goal in choosing the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL is to achieve less dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL brings objects at varying distances into focus using a technology called diffraction. A series of rings on the entire inner surface of the Tecnis® Multi-Focal IOL focuses the light from objects in our vision at varying distances. This allows for a smooth transition of focus between distant, intermediate and near targets.
The Tecnis Symfony® IOL
The Tecnis Symfony® IOL was FDA-approved in 2016, and has been making waves in the ophthalmology world since. What makes this IOL so special? It’s the first IOL designed specifically with presbyopia in mind. The Symfony Multifocal IOL uses an elongated focus design to improve the transition from distance to near that early generation implants were deficient in.
Monovision is another option for you to correct your vision and achieve clearer near vision. The procedure sets one eye for distance vision and one for near/reading vision, allowing the patient to see at both ranges. Most people who use a monovision strategy for vision experience freedom from prescription glasses for most or all of their daytime activities. Many of them, however, will feel more comfortable with nighttime driving glasses. Monovision allows the patient to regain their reading vision, but the result is typically limited in time. Monovision cannot halt the progression of presbyopia, and most patients will lose some degree of depth perception due to the loss of stereoscopic vision. A monovision strategy can also be accomplished by using contact lenses, intraocular lenses, and eye surgery.