Your vision is something that can be greatly impacted by the aging process. Patients that have enjoyed clear vision their entire life often find that their near vision begins to suffer as they reach middle age. This difficulty focusing on near objects is the result of a thickening and stiffening of the eye’s natural lens. This condition, known as presbyopia, is common and is most often treated with the use of prescription lenses. KAMRA inlays are surgically implanted lenses that offer patients the option of treating presbyopia without glasses, which many patients find to be a nuisance. These inlays are placed during a minimally invasive surgical procedure, and offers effective, long-lasting results. Dr. Stanley Teplick discusses the typical KAMRA inlay surgery recovery with our Portland, OR patients so that they know what to expect as they heal.
Side Effects of KAMRA Inlay Surgery
As with any surgical treatment, the KAMRA inlay procedure is likely to result in some minor side effects for patients. These side effects are often short-lived and easily manageable. For the first 24 to 48 hours after KAMRA inlay surgery, the most common side effects include:
- Eye irritation
- Itchy eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Sensitivity to light
Again, these side effects are often minor, and most patients feel comfortable returning to work and other routine activities within a day or two after treatment. In order to manage these symptoms and maintain eye comfort, it is important for patients to use prescribed medication as instructed and to use artificial tears frequently to ensure the eyes stay lubricated.
In addition to these side effects, some patients also experience glares, halos, vision disturbances at night, or dry eyes. These side effects may last for days, weeks, or months. Each case is different; if these side effects are present, they should resolve on their own over time.
When Will I See Results?
Most patients will see an improvement in their near vision within a week after surgery. Some patients experience a fast and dramatic recovery, while others experience more gradual results. Once a patient begins to experience improvement in vision, it is normal for them to experience occasional fluctuations in close-up vision. These fluctuations may occur for up to three to six months. Usually within six months after surgery, vision will stabilize and patients will be able to enjoy clear near vision without the use of glasses.
To ensure that optimal surgical results are achieved, it is important for patients to carefully follow all post-care instructions. This includes limiting the use of reading glasses, using medication as prescribed, keeping the eyes lubricated with artificial tears, and scheduling all necessary follow-up appointments.
Dr. Stanley Teplick has performed over 45,000 refractive surgeries. If you are looking to improve your vision while reducing your dependency on prescription lenses, Dr. Teplick has the skill and experience to provide the results you desire. Contact us at your earliest convenienceto learn more about the eye care services offered at Teplick Custom Vision.