The Procedure

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Corneal inlays, sometimes referred to as corneal implants, are designed to correct presbyopia, the condition that makes it necessary for you to wear reading glasses to see close up. This outpatient procedure lasts approximately 10 minutes and results are generally seen within 1 week.

It’s time to put a stop to the on and off frustration of using reading glasses. Corneal inlays are a simple solution that allow patients to see freely and never miss a moment.

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Ideal candidates:
  • 41 to 56 years old
  • Have good distance vision without glasses
  • Rely on readers to see up close
  • Have healthy eyes

The end goal of corneal inlays is to allow our patients to enjoy improved near vision. As with any corrective surgery, if you are interested in this procedure, please discuss with one of Michigan Eye Institute’s experienced ophthalmologists or optometrists.

After a complete eye exam has been performed, the doctor will provide you with additional information and answer any questions that you may have. It is our goal to make it easy for our patients to make informed decisions.

before, during, and after surgery


At Michigan Eye Institute, we ask patients to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled procedure. Prior to the procedure, you will be administered a numbing eye drop by your doctor. This will help ensure that you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.



For the duration of the 10-minute procedure, you will be laying on your back focusing on a light, keeping your eyes as still as possible. Your surgeon will create a flap in the cornea using a gentle laser procedure. The implant is then placed into the middle layer of the cornea. The flap is then replaced by your surgeon and the procedure is complete. The eye will heal itself, eliminating the need for stitches.


After the procedure, your doctor will prescribe simple follow-up care that includes an eye shield to wear at night, medication to minimize the risk of inflammation, infection and dry eye, and follow-up appointments. Once completed you will be able to go home and rest for the remainder of the day.



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To get more information about corneal inlays, send us a message. One of our staff members will contact you to set up a consultation with a Michigan Eye Institute doctor. See our procedure locations below.

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