New surgery helps people who need reading glasses, bifocals


It's a nuisance no one wants to deal with, reading glasses. But a new surgery could put an end to that. A Johnson City ophthalmologist is the first in East Tennessee to offer a new procedure that helps those who have good distance vision, but need glasses or bifocals. Dr. Donny Reeves told News 5 the surgery uses a small sequin-looking device that is placed in the cornea of the eye. "This fits a unique niche of patients who don't need anything for the distance," Dr. Reeves said. "Who want to get rid of their reading glasses." Dr. Reeves is just one of two surgeons in Tennessee to offer the new KAMRA Lens Inlay procedure right now. He said it only takes about 15 minutes and the inlay that's placed in the cornea won't ever be felt by the patient. "I honestly believe that is inlay procedure is going to be something that is going to be just as popular as Lasik," Dr. Reeves said. Dr. Reeves also told us clinical trials have been very favorable. In fact, he said patients can basically see about 20/30 up close when it's all said and done. The procedure costs around $5,000 and is not covered by insurance because it's considered a cosmetic surgery. Even though the ideal candidate is a person who just needs reading glasses, Dr. Reeves said some patients who also can't see far away could still be considered. Anyone interested would need an express screening for some basic tests to determine if he or she is a good candidate. You can click here for more information about the procedure.

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