WEST MONROE, La. - They say some things get better with age but our eyes unfortunately are not on that list.
Chances are you, or someone you know, are one of more than a billion people worldwide who use reading glasses to combat age related decline in near vision.
"It really begins in our 40's and continues to get worse through our 50's and 60's. For many people, the dependence and results are reading glasses. It's a real source of frustration," said Doctor Baron Williamson an ophthalmologist Haik Humble Eye Center in Monroe, Louisiana.
Photographer Staci Albritton is one of the people who knew all too well about that frustration; especially at work. She needs great eyesight to do her job.
"I've been using reading glasses pretty constantly for maybe three years now; two to three years," said Albritton. "My eyes were giving me fits with my camera, with my job as a photographer. Trying to look down at the settings with my camera and then look out at the distance of my subjects or whatever i was doing was really giving me fits."
"You place it in the non dominate eye and it gives you and it gives you reading vision but it does not compromise the distance vision so your eyes are still working together for distance," said Williamson.
After about 20 minutes the procedure was over; quick, and according to doctors, relatively painless.
The post-op recovery is less than 24 hours.
But there are side affects to this reversible procedure which include the most common, dry eye. Another side affect is inflammation. As with any surgery patients also risk possible infection.
For many however, the risks are outweighed by the reward and the feeling of saying goodbye to glasses!
"I do know where one pair is in my nightstand beside my bed, other than that they are not in my purse anymore or any of that. Have not put a pair on since the surgery," said Albritton.
Another thing not to lose sight of; the cost. The KAMRA Inlay carries a $4,000 price tag and right now it isn't covered by insurance.
Right now the team at Haik Humble is the only in Louisiana certified to implant the KAMRA Inlay which the FDA approved in 2015.
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