– Alright welcome back to the morning plan. Well almost exactly to the day I turned 40 and it seems my arms, you know, how you do this – never long enough for a restaurant menu or a magazine. And I needed these… You know, you know how they look? Oh, now I can’t read the prompter though. Reading glasses, right. Have you ever wondered how that happens? And if there are any treatments that can fix it permanently? Our next guest is here to explain why it happens, and an alternative to reading glasses that almost sounds too good to be true! Dr. Mitchell Jackson is with Jacksoneye. Great to see you!
– Great! Great for having me on the show this morning.
– My kids always make fun of me because they’ll say: “hey mom look at this…”. But then though you know hold it really far cuz they know it’s like they always see me doing this. When I’m trying to read something… It was almost honestly the day I turned 40, I started needing these…
– Yeah, that’s how it happens. Most people will be reading a text on a cell phone, then wake up get on their laptop, look at an email they might be in a restaurant on a date, looking at a menu and all of a sudden they go: “Oh my god I can’t read!”.
– That’s how it happens and it’s called presbyopia. It’s the natural thing that happens after age 40 at some point.
– And that’s what I find fascinating about it is I’ve always had great eyesight. My whole life and I’ve had my eyes checked recently and there’s really nothing with. I still have like 20/20 vision but you can still have this problem. Even if you’ve had good vision, your whole life, right?
– The bad news that happens to all of us it’s over a billion people have presbyopia worldwide and at least 500 million people don’t even have it corrected yet so it’s going to happen inevitably due to the age process.
– That’s, I mean, so almost everybody experiences it as they age.
– It’s not a fun thing. And you can’t read and you’re on that date and all of a sudden you’re looking old. But you’re throwing those reading glasses on.
– Yeah well I think this is a fascinating statistic that you shared with us. Because by the year 2020 almost 2.1 billion people over the age of 40 will have presbyopia.
– It’s a worldwide epidemic.
– Yes apparently it is.
– All right, let’s talk a little bit about what causes it. So clearly aging is the key factor there, right?
– Right, so the lens when you’re born is really young and as you go through the aging process it’s very soft and flexible. And it’s that it’s like that in a camera. Your eyes a natural lens. It moves with the muscles. And they’re young and moving. As we age it stiffens up and the lens stops moving and it becomes
– This is a great visual that you provided for us. Because we can see that right. So it’s very flexible when we’re younger. But then it becomes very… stiff and it doesn’t… it doesn’t have the elasticity.
– Just like the rest of the body.
– Okay, there’s some… Exactly! There are some common ways to treat it. I mean one of the things you’ve probably seen your office all the time is people picking these up at a drugstore or whatever. But what do you see as being a pros and cons of the… the traditional ways of treating it?
– Well, obviously your reading glasses are safe. But the problem is you have them in every room of the house. And all of a sudden you forgot them and you don’t have them. You can’t read. Or you can do a no line progressive bifocal. And then sometimes those become hard to adapt if you’ve had no glasses your whole life. You’re looking through… And it’s looking you don’t know where to look through those. And then you can try contact lenses. We’ve never worn contact lens before. If you have now you have to go to a multifocal contact lens. Which is hard for wear. Time the eyes dry out. And then there’s monovision contact lenses. And the problem with that is one eye’s distance, one eye’s near. Some people love it. Most people hate it because you sacrifice vision. You lose depth perception. And you end up needing glasses for night driving anyway with that setup.
– Well it’s funny what you say about having glasses in every room. Because honestly I have to have them in the kitchen for reading recipes and labels on… you know… food. Then I have to have them in the bathroom to see… you know… am I looking at conditioner or shampoo. Or how do I use this product or whatever. Then you have to have them by your bed. Because you need to read at night. So I mean that’s one thing is you honestly have to have them everywhere. Or you have to like put them on a necklace and strap it to your body. Which is a little bit of a pain and inconvenience. So as it relates specifically to reading glasses then and wearing them. Can you describe what people say to you about being frustrated with it. Because I bet you hear a lot of the same things that I just said.
– Well it takes away from an active lifestyle. Just like you said it’s inconvenient. You may not have them when you need it. You can’t do all the things you want to do. And if you’re golfing for example, you’re swinging a golf club. But now how do you do the scorecard? Yeah, the scorecard. Then you put the reading glasses on. Now you can’t swing the golf club. That’s a perfect example. So it impairs your active lifestyle all the time. And when you’re on computers at work – computer vision syndrome – you get headaches, fatigue. You’ve been staring at the computer all day. If you don’t have the reading glasses on, you get headaches. If you do have them on and the eyes dry out. And the things start blowing up. If you look in the distance and it gets very frustrating.
– Let’s talk about this treatment option that you have it’s called KAMRA, right? It’s spelled K.A.M.R.A. How does this work?
– So KAMRA is great. It acts like a camera. So think about that. And it’s been performed worldwide. Already in 20,000 patients over the last 10 years. And in April 2015 this year it’s finally come to the United States. So my patients have access to this technology. And it works like we create a little pocket in the cornea using a laser similar to the lasik laser. And the surgeon that implants this tiny device. It’s smaller and thinner than a contact lens. It’s about a tenth of a thickness of a hair strand. And it has a pinhole effect. And it works like a camera – increases your depth of focus, your reins of vision. So you can have distance vision, intermediate vision, near vision. Seamless, without having to put on reading glasses. So it gives the full range of vision. And you don’t lose the distance vision day or night that you would with like a mono vision set up in contact lenses.
– Okay, how long does a procedure like that taken? Is there downtime with it? And see this is an example of a before and an after. Cuz the before on the left that’s exactly how my phone looks. Such as I’m holding it too close.
– It’s great so your arms are too long. And now they’re going to be the normal length again. So it’s a ten to fifteen minute procedure in the office. Done as an outpatient. You need a driver just that day we put drops in the eye to numb the eye. So there are no shots or needles in the eye there’s no IVs. And we put it in one eye even though it’s not mono vision. And both eyes work together and you go home, take a nap. The next day you can drive. And you’re back to doing normal activity within one to two days. And you really see the effects maximally one week to one month. You know, healing can vary from patient to patient. But within one month you’re back doing everything you wanted to do. Active lifestyle being young and youthful again.
– You only put it in one eye?
– Right. So it goes in one eye and everybody thinks that’s mono vision that’s typically mono vision. One eye distance, one eye near. The way the camera works. We put it in your non-dominant eye. And so the brain works as the brain is what does the seeing and eyes transmit the image to the brain. So the brain automatically adapts. And the dominant eye takes over for distance and it works seamlessly.
– No way… It only goes in one eye… That is fascinating! I’m so done people are able to really give up the reading glasses. Is it a permanent fix?
– It’s permanent fix and we all develop cataracts later in life. And so it’s a great bridge to when we get cataracts. And then we have technology that can continue to fix reading glasses when we add the cataract age.
– That is amazing! Ok so, one thing I want to mention really quickly is that you’re running a charitable program as well as a special promotion, right?
– Yeah this is really great for a local community. It’s called KAMRA Karma and what we do is for all those people who have KAMRA, we actually take their reading glasses they don’t need any more. And we donate it to those people who need reading glasses in the community.
– That’s awesome! I like that! So you can give up bring them all in, right? All right, here’s the way your promotion works too. Because for the first 10 people who call Jacksoneye and mentioned the morning blend will receive a five-hundred-dollar savings on the procedure. And again it’s called KAMRA it’s spelled K.A.M.R.A and you can reach the people at Jacksoneye, myJacksoneye by going to 847-3560-700 or online. It’s myjacksoneye.com. Great to meet you.
– Great for everything today.
– Yeah, it’s fascinating! Thank you so much!
– Thank you!