Corneal Inlay FAQs

Can I still have the Corneal Inlay Procedure if I have had LASIK in the past?

Yes, having LASIK in the past does not affect your eligibility for the Corneal Inlay Procedure. In fact, in some cases, the procedures can be performed together.

Is the procedure painful?

Numbing drops are applied to the eye before the procedure, so while you may feel a slight pressure, most patients report that the procedure is virtually pain-free.

How long should I expect the recovery process to take?

Each case is unique, but most people are able to resume their normal activities, including returning to work, within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. But remember, as with any surgery, healing is a process. Following your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress.

Are the results from the Corneal Inlay Procedure permanent?

Yes. The effects of the corneal inlay, as long as it stays inserted, will not wear off over time.

Will insurance cover the Corneal Inlay Procedure?

Most insurance companies consider this procedure elective. As a result, most insurance companies do not cover it. Mann Eye Institute’s staff, however, is more than happy to review your employer’s insurance policy to see if any benefits apply.

We also offer affordable financing options to help make the procedure more affordable for everyone.

Can I still develop cataracts if I have the Corneal Inlay Procedure?

Because the corneal inlay does not replace the lens when inserted into the eye, it is still possible to develop cataracts. The two vision issues are unrelated.

Will the corneal inlay change my eye color?

No, it does not cause any visible physical changes to the eye.

Can I have my corneal inlay removed in the future?

Yes. If the inlay is not centered properly or if the effects are not ideal, your doctor can safely remove it.

Are there risks involved with the Corneal Inlay Procedure?

There is risk involved in any surgical procedure. However, most side effects of the Corneal Inlay Procedure are minor and resolve on their own. Discuss any concerns with your Mann Eye Institute surgeon during the initial consultation.