Corneal inlays are implanted in the cornea to treat presbyopia, an age-related condition that results in a loss of flexibility in the eye’s lens. Inlays result in more balanced vision and are the best long-term solution for presbyopia.
Presbyopia is a loss of flexibility in the eye lens. People with presbyopia often notice they need more light to read, and have to hold reading material at arm’s length to focus.
During the consultation, we will ask you about your eye health history and medications, and perform some tests. You will then be examined by the doctor who will discuss your treatment options. This visit usually takes about an hour and your personal Patient Counselor will help you throughout the process.
Your Counselor can review payment options and schedule you for surgery and related appointments, such as post-operative exams. You will have a set of instructions to follow to prepare for your surgery date that includes steps like taking prescribed eye drops and setting up a ride for your procedure day.
Plan to be at the center for two to three hours the day of your procedure. This allows for pre-procedure preparations including taking some medication and numbing drops in advance of your procedure. Regardless of inlay type, expect a simple and painless outpatient procedure, taking about 20 minutes to perform. The day of your procedure should be a day of rest.
Your Patient Counselor will give you detailed post-operative instructions and eye drop regimen for your recovery. Most of our patients return to normal activities as early as the day after their inlay procedure.
Common Questions About Corneal Inlays
Presbyopia is an age-related condition that results in the loss of flexibility in the eye’s lens. This decreased flexibility makes it difficult to read close-up objects like books and newspapers.
For most patients, the full benefit of inlay is realized within one month post-procedure and others may take longer. Most patients return to normal activities as early as the day after their inlay procedure.
The majority of patients who are treated for presbyopia find that their distance vision remains unaffected.
Corneal inlays will typically last until cataracts develop, providing good reading vision. With or without a corneal inlay procedure, your eye’s lens will steadily become less flexible, and then more clouded.