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Trouble reading up close? Over 40?

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As we progress through our 40’s many of us have trouble reading up close. This is due to the natural aging process of the eye. The lens inside the eye becomes less flexible and losses it’s ability to focus up close. We call this presbyopia. We help our patients at this stage of their lives with reading glasses or contact lenses. Both of which provide good options for near vision.

Recently, Drs. Jeff & Tina Goodhew attended a seminar hosted by TLC. TLC is North America’s largest laser vision correction company. The have 6 centres in Canada.

The two centres in Canada recently began implanting a device called the Kamra inlay. The Kamra inlay pictured below (next to a contact lens for size reference) is surgically inserted into the cornea of the non-dominant eye.

This allows the eye with the inlay to not only see far away but to view close objects as well.

The inlay uses an optical effect called of depth of focus. By focusing the light through the small opening it increases the range of clear vision to encompass objects far away and up close.

The picture below is the inlay implanted into a cornea with simulated light passing through the small opening.

If you are over 40 and struggling to read, don’t hesitate to talk to one of the doctors at Abbey Eye Care to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Written by Jeff Goodhew

Dr. Goodhew graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Optometry degree in 1993 and became therapeutically licensed in 2000. He enjoys being an active part of his profession, having served as the President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists from 2014 through 2016. Dr. Goodhew also served as the co-chair of the National Public Education Committee for the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
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