On the first day of my family’s annual summer vacation to Hawaii, my mom lost one of her contacts while swimming. As she has astigmatism and hyperopia, my mom cannot see far and middle distances, and what she can see is blurry and causes eyestrain.

She didn’t bring her glasses with her on the trip, as she didn’t think she would need them, and her shipped glasses ended up getting lost in the mail. Sadly, my mom had to spend the rest of our vacation with extremely blurred vision in one eye, which then caused headaches. I sympathized with her because it really affected her ability to have a fun experience on this trip. She wasn’t able to snorkel, hike or kayak with the rest of the family. Hawaii is a place you want to be able to see with clear vision. It is not a place you want to be hassling with contacts, glasses or blurry vision. With its vast blue oceans, lofty palm trees and stunning mountain ranges, this vacation destination is worth seeing clearly.

Guess when her glasses decided to turn up? On the very last day of our trip, the glasses my brother had shipped finally arrived, along with a newspaper article he’d included about a procedure called PIE, which sounded like it could liberate mom from glasses, contacts, dryness and her other eye-related miseries. There is so much beauty to be seen in this world, and we all deserve to experience it to its full potential. So, the first thing we did post-trip was book an appointment with the pioneering eye surgeon, Dr. Rajesh Khanna, of Khanna Vision Institute in Thousand Oaks.

First Visit

During the first visit, the techs performed a battery of tests using futuristic-looking machines. The results appeared on a screen, which Dr. Khanna reviewed. He listened to my mom describe her vision problems and then asked her what she wanted to achieve. He began to build a visualization for her, taking notes and measuring the distance from her eyes that she held her iPhone and her reading distance. The next step involved show and tell. Dr. Khanna’s assistant showed us the various implants available.

The PIE Procedure

The foundation for a successful procedure starts with thoroughly educating the candidate and understanding their desired outcome. The actual procedure takes only about 10 minutes. Patients can elect to be placed in a twilight state to overcome anxiety and keep pain at bay. Special drops are placed onto the eye to alleviate any pain before an opening is made in the natural lens so the contents can be removed and the bag, the “capsule” of the lens, is polished.

It is important to note that the entire lens is not removed, but only the aged degenerated and discolored lens fibers which have become nonfunctional. The opening is self-sealing, so no stitches are required, which allows for rapid recovery—some people even resume work the same day! Vision may be blurry for a few days but rapidly recovers; patients can resume nearly all activities in a few days.

Unlike with any other surgery that deteriorates over time, the results, while almost instantaneous, can continue to improve. Several studies and patients have reported the quality of vision often improves to levels they had not previously experienced. These results are an “eye opener” (pun intended) even for pioneers of this procedure; the brain learns to intercept the data being presented to it much faster over time, meaning the speed of reading increases, driving improves and any glare decreases. Applied to real life, these changes mean your golf game is likely to improve, you’ll be able to read faster and more efficiently and your eyes will basically feel like they’re getting younger!

Treatment for All Ages

“Would this work for someone my age?” I asked Dr. Khanna, who noted this particular procedure is reserved for people 45 and older. For those with similar numbers who are in their 20s, Dr. Khanna recommends a new advanced technology called iDesign Lasik. An automatic closed-loop computerized system, iDesign Lasik is the next generation in Lasik vision correction. Unlike in previous technologies, human intervention of the laser is avoided as more than 1,000 rays are sent into the eye, and the reflected data from the retina is captured by a fast microprocessor that calculates treatment necessary over the 1,000 zones. At the same time, a picture of the colored part of the eye is taken, and all this information is stored on a thumb drive and transferred to the laser. While the person is under the laser, the laser matches the information to the eye. If the eye moves, the laser moves with it, improving the accuracy and safety of the procedure.  

iDesign Lasik is designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in people under 45 years old. Whatever your age, Dr. Khanna can determine the best treatment and deliver it in the safest, most successful way possible.

Wouldn’t it be great to rejuvenate your aging eyes? At Khanna Vision Institute, Dr. Khanna and his team want you to be able to see near, far and everything in between. His goal is to not only restore your eyes to the vision of your youth but make them even better! Imagine tossing your bifocals, trifocals, progressives, contact lenses and even those cheap readers. The new PIE (Presbyopic Implant in Eye) technology allows people over 50 to achieve unparalleled vision. The only technology that prevents the development of cataracts, PIE is considered superior to Lasik for people over 50, as it provides all three vision capabilities—near, middle and far—in each eye and does not induce corneal nerve damage and prevents irritating dryness. Being able to see without glasses or contacts is life-changing; the team at Khanna Vision Institute looks forward to assisting people on their journey to clearer vision.

For more information, contact the Khanna Vision Institute at 805.230.2126 or visit KhannaInstitute.com.