Corneal Inlays are still non FDA approved and represent a new direction in refractive surgery.
A corneal inlay is a very thin plastic lens that is implanted into the cornea. During the procedure, a femtosecond laser, such as the IntraLase, is used to create a precise corneal pocket. Once the pocket is created, the inlay is inserted into it where it is integrated into the cornea and affords the patient both distance and near vision correction. This procedure is now undergoing FDA trials in the U.S. and is not available for wide use. Preliminary results show this to be an exciting new approach to the treatment of presbyopia.
While the promise of this technology is intriguing, as with all new things, we recommend a wait and see approach until more studies have been done on its safety, effectiveness and longevity.