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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Life after 40 changes, and it is particularly true for your eyes. Ask Skip Mahaffey, co-host at 99.5 The Wolf. He couldn’t focus on his computer screen at work and had trouble looking at his phone – just inches away from his eyes.
“I have a board in front of me at the station that I’m constantly operating and a clock in front on me,” he said. For the last five years, he wore readers to help him see better. “I was tired of taking (my reading glasses) off, putting them on constantly. It got little bit annoying.” Thus, he had doctors put a new FDA approved device in his eye and is off reading glasses forever.
The new device is called Kamra. It’s a small ring-like device, one third the size of a contact lens. It is implanted into the non-dominant eye and some ophthalmologists claim it fixes short-distance vision. The implant is meant for people suffering from Presbyopia. It occurs in people over 45 to 60 years of age, who can’t focus clearly on near objects or small print and therefore need reading glasses.
Dr. Anthony Evangelista, an eye surgeon trained in the procedure said it’s a fairly easy fix. He performed a surgery on Chuck Grosseth from Allen, who agreed to let CBS11 News film it.
“My goal is to read without readers,” Grosseth said.
Dr. Evangelista made an incision in the cornea and inserted the tiny inlay into the pocket created. The inlay is placed directly in front of the iris. The tiny hole in the implant simulates the pinhole effect.
“The inlay allows the patients’ depth of focus to be extended so that they can read,” Dr. Evangelista said. It works on the same principle that helps you see clearer when you squint. Since the inlay is small, it doesn’t interfere with distance vision.The entire procedure took less than 20 minutes.
Dr. Evangelista said the procedure can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $4,000 depending on your eye condition. The side effects include redness in the eye and sometimes difficulty seeing in dim light. The process however is reversible.
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