New procedure may eliminate the need for reading glasses

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – You may feel young but your eyes are telling you something different. Many of us start finding small print hard or impossible to read later in life. But a new procedure, just approved by the FDA, could help you say goodbye to reading glasses.

Diane Klosterhoff found herself needing glasses for the very first time as she entered middle age. That’s when she turned to Dr. Jay Pepose who suggested she try the Kamra Inlay. At the time the procedure was still in clinical trials.

The inlay is a tiny ring-shaped device, smaller and thinner than a contact lens. A laser is first used to create a pocket in the cornea and the inlay is implanted in that pocket, right over the pupil. It’s like looking through a pin hole, and that’s how it works.

“And if you look through a pinhole, you can try this at home, punch a pinhole in a card, look through the pinhole. Even if you had bad vision you can see both near and far through a pinhole. That’s been known since Aristotle.” said Dr. Pepose.

Diane, who also stopped driving at night because of her failing vision, says the Kamra Inlay has given her back her freedom. She’s no longer a slave to reading glasses.

“It’s like you had to break the habit of going into Sam’s or Costco, going to look for the next three sets of readers to set around the house you don’t have to do that anymore.” said Diane Klosterhoff.

Patients who qualify for the procedure should be 45 or older. They can’t have any eye diseases, retinal problems, and can’t be near sighted.

The Kamra Inlay is implanted in the non-dominant eye of the patient. The procedure costs around $5,000. Like all surgeries there is always a risk of infection.

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