1st presbyopia implant performed in city

1st presbyopia implant performed in city
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The first presbyopia implant in Hyderabad and also south India was performed successfully by Dr Rajesh Fogla, senior consultant ophthalmologist, Apollo Hospitals. Called Kamra inlay implant, the surgical procedure enhances lifestyle by reducing the frustrating effects of loss of near vision and the hassle of reading glasses and contacts.

The first presbyopia implant in Hyderabad and also south India was performed successfully by Dr Rajesh Fogla, senior consultant ophthalmologist, Apollo Hospitals. Called Kamra inlay implant, the surgical procedure enhances lifestyle by reducing the frustrating effects of loss of near vision and the hassle of reading glasses and contacts.

“In 40s and 50s, one begins to experience the frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper, ordering off a menu, even grocery shopping becomes a struggle. This is due to presbyopia, which is the loss of near vision because of stiffening of the natural lens on account of ageing.

Reading glasses become necessary for near vision. Monovision is another option achieved using contact lens or refractive surgery, wherein one eye is corrected for near vision, keeping the other eye corrected for distance vision. One of the disadvantages of monovision is reduction in distance vision in the eye corrected for near vision,” the doctor said.

The Kamra inlay is a film-like ring implant with an opening in the center. The inlay is placed inside the cornea. The central opening helps focus the light coming into the eye, improving ability to see clearly at all distances: near, far and in between. The implant is designed to improve functional near vision and reduce dependency on reading glasses. The surgery was performed using the Ziemer Z6 Femtosecond laser, one of the most advanced laser system from Switzerland.

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