alternatives to reading glasses

3 Alternatives to Reading Glasses

Posted on: March 29, 2018 | Vision Correction

Let’s face it—reading glasses, or any glasses for that matter, can be a nuisance. Luckily, innovative alternatives to reading glasses have become widely used in recent years. Thanks to advanced technology and skilled ophthalmologists, millions of people have been able to ditch the glasses or contacts and enjoy the freedom of clearer vision. Imagine looking at your phone or book without straining to see. Writing, reading, and countless other activities will become easier once you’re able to seamlessly shift your eyes between near and far objects.

Presbyopia, an aging eye condition, affects over 11 million people in the U.S., and treatments for this condition have become common practice. Advanced procedures like LASIK and the Kamra® corneal inlay are not only safe and cost-efficient—they’re highly effective! To help you further understand presbyopia and its numerous treatment options, we put together a list of the best ways to say goodbye to those pesky readers.

What is Presbyopia?

The aging eye condition, also called presbyopia, is a natural part of life. As we get older, inner eye lenses are not nearly as flexible as they used to be and have a difficult time focusing on nearby objects. The lenses of younger individuals are less hardened, allowing them to shift their vision between near and far objects with ease. Presbyopia typically begins to set in between the ages of 35 to 40 and gets progressively worse as time goes on. For many individuals, presbyopia affects their near vision or reading vision the most. It becomes harder and harder to focus their vision on nearby objects, making daily routines much for difficult and frustrating. Reading glasses are a popular way to remedy this issue, but they can quickly become an annoyance over time. If you suffer from presbyopia, there are several vision correction procedures you can undertake to lose the reading glasses and greatly impact your eyesight.

What Are the Alternatives to Reading Glasses?

Kamra® Corneal Inlay

The Kamra® corneal inlay procedure is an innovative new surgery that can successfully reduce the adverse effects of the aging eye condition and yield long-lasting results. Rather than treating both eyes with inlays, the Kamra® corneal inlay is used only on the non-dominant eye and is placed inside the cornea. The inlay is composed mostly of water and is designed to be comfortable. The procedure can be over in as little as 15 minutes, leaving you with a brief recovery time and clearer vision for years to come.



LASIK eye surgery is a safe and painless procedure that can positively impact your aging eye condition. During the procedure, a thin flap of corneal tissue is created either by a highly specialized instrument known as a microkeratome or by a laser light source. This thin flap is then lifted like a contact lens and a laser light is used to reshape the outer areas of the cornea. The corneal tissue is then laid back down to its original position so it can properly heal. Since 1995, LASIK eye surgery has been performed over 20 million times worldwide, and it’s become a reliable solution for presbyopia.


Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (IOL)

Often implanted during cataracts surgery, multifocal Intraocular lenses, IOL for short, have been known to alleviate presbyopia symptoms, but it’s not guaranteed you’ll be able to fully retire the reading glasses. These versatile implants are often incorporated into minimally invasive surgical techniques thanks to their small size. IOLs can be used to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness—and, occasionally, presbyopia. If you have cataracts and would like to learn more about multifocal contacts, reach out to your local ophthalmologist for more information.


At Mattioli Vision Professionals, a Houston eye center, Dr. Mattioli and his expert staff have performed over 43,000 vision correction procedures. The needs of every patient are different, and we strive to offer personalized care based on the condition of your eyes. If you schedule a free consultation, Dr. Mattioli will thoroughly evaluate your eyes and recommend a procedure that can profoundly reduce the effects of presbyopia and allow you to rely less on readers. Ready to lose the reading glasses? Schedule a free consultation today and see the MVP difference for yourself.