Understanding Blurry Near Vision
Why is My Near Vision Blurry?
It’s a common question and the answer is a fact of life. In our 40s and 50s, we begin to notice that our near vision is getting blurry. At first, we squint, turn on a brighter light or extend our arm to bring an object into focus. We struggle to see the computer screen, read a menu, send a text message and perform many other daily tasks. We must depend more and more on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close. It is so frustrating. The everyday vision we always took for granted just isn’t there anymore. This is presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah), the natural loss of near vision that eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before.
What Causes Presbyopia?
In our 20s and 30s, our eye’s natural lens is elastic and flexible. It works like a camera lens to automatically adjust and focus our vision. This lets us automatically switch our gaze from something near to something far away. Over time, the natural lens in your eye begins to stiffen. It can’t bend into the right shapes to bring close objects into focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away at just the right distance to focus.
Presbyopia continues to progress over time. For example, someone who is 45 may only notice it when trying to read tiny print in low light. However, someone who is 50 may need to use reading glasses many times throughout the day.
How the KAMRA Inlay Helps
The KAMRA inlay restores near vision and reduces the constant frustrations of reading glasses for those with presbyopia. The inlay 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. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision.