Corneal Inlays near Sioux City, IA

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About Corneal Inlays

If you have recently developed the need for reading glasses, it can be surprising, especially if you have not required any vision correction in the past. For most people, age-related loss of near vision (known as presbyopia) begins around age 40 and continues to gradually progress. With the help of an experienced eye care team, solutions are available to address this issue. At Vance Thompson Vision in South Sioux City, NE, our fellowship-trained optometrists and ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye exams and treatments for individuals who need reading vision correction.


Among our advanced offerings are corneal inlays with the AcuFocus KAMRA technologies. A corneal inlay is a small disc device that is implanted into the eye to correct a patient's close-up eyesight. The device itself is smaller and lighter than a contact lens. The inlay has a small, pinhole-like opening in the center that helps to focus light into the eye so that your near vision is improved without compromising your distance vision. Reach out to Vance Thompson Vision, and let our team help you start seeing better without as much reliance on prescription eyewear.

Cornea FAQs

Would Corneal Inlays Work for me?

Presbyopia affects more than a billion people across the world so the need for reading glasses is very common. Good candidates for corneal inlays are men and women between 45 – 60 years old who have difficulty reading small print or viewing objects up close, both of which require readers. Corneal inlays are ideal for patients who have an active lifestyle and are seeking a long-term solution to eliminate or reduce their need for reading glasses. 

Corneal Inlay Treatment Options

At Vance Thompson Vision, we perform corneal inlays as an outpatient procedure under a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. The corneal inlay will be implanted just below the surface of your eye. Most of the time, the device is placed into your non-dominant eye to improve your near vision while maintaining your distance vision. The procedure takes about 10 minutes total. During your consultation, your surgeon will provide in-depth information about each type of corneal inlay to create a customized treatment plan to fit your lifestyle.

What to Expect with Corneal Inlays

Corneal inlays are a minimally invasive treatment so extensive downtime is generally not required. Most patients get back to their normal routine within 1 – 2 days. You should begin to notice improved vision within a few days of your procedure with improvements expected to continue over the next 2 – 6 months. It is important to attend follow-up appointments at Vance Thompson Vision, as well as adhere to any post-treatment guidelines, such as using prescription eye drops.

Rely Less on Readers

If you want to improve your near eyesight without as much need to wear reading glasses, corneal inlays are an excellent option. If you would like to learn more about this cutting-edge treatment for reading vision correction, contact the world-renowned team at Vance Thompson Vision to schedule an appointment. We look forward to sharing more with you about corneal inlays for treating presbyopia. 

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