Ninety six percent of patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their visual results.
Dr. Whitman concluded by noting that the inlay could be an option for presbyopic patients with an active lifestyle. A number of patients in the study said they felt better about themselves with the inlay as they didn’t feel they had the stigma of taking glasses on and off in a group of mixed-age coworkers, or it made them feel younger.
The company that makes the inlay continues to study the device and are working toward eventual U.S. FDA approval. The inlay may help both patients with good distance vision who have lost their near vision and possibly patients with previous cataract surgery who still have to use glasses, Dr. Whitman said.
A second study is under way with pseudophakes.
Recently, the KAMRA cornea inlay (AcuFocus) for presbyopia was approved by the FDA in the United States.