Treating Near Vision Loss with
the KAMRA® Inlay
Memorial Eye Institute is pleased to be one of the first practices in the area to offer the Kamra® Inlay to patients with near vision loss due to presbyopia. This revolutionary new technology is ideal for patients who are seeking relief from wearing reading glasses.
How the KAMRA® Inlay Helps
The KAMRA inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA inlay is a mini-ring with an opening — or pinhole — in the center. The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming into the eye. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision.
Why is My Near Vision Changing?
In our 40s and 50s, we begin to experience the naturally frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper, seeing the computer screen or sending a text message becomes a struggle. We end up depending more and more on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close. This natural loss of reading vision is called presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah), and it eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before.
View the video below to find out why Fire Captain A. J. Martinez threw away all is reading glasses after the KAMRA Inlay procedure.
Discover the KAMRA® Inlay
Enjoy Life without Depending on Reading Glasses
The KAMRA inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. It is ideal for active people looking to no longer depend on reading glasses or contact lenses for their everyday activities. The KAMRA inlay:
- Restores everyday vision so you can see text messages, a computer screen and the time on your wrist watch, without the frustration of reading glasses
- Provides a natural range of vision – from near to far – without blurry zones
- Offers a long-term solution that will help you enjoy clear near vision over time
How the KAMRA Inlay Works
The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the inlay is a mini-ring with an opening – or pinhole – in the center. This pinhole allows only focused light to enter your eye. The KAMRA inlay is placed in only one of your eyes, allowing you to see up close, while maintaining your distance vision in both eyes. Your non-KAMRA eye is left untouched. Working together, the eyes allow you to see near to far. This is unlike monovision laser vision correction, which corrects one eye for near and one eye for distance and does not last over time.
About the Procedure
From start to finish, the KAMRA® inlay procedure will typically take less than 20 minutes. Numbing drops are used to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel slight pressure while the doctor uses a laser to create a small opening in the first few layers of your eye, known as the cornea. However, it only lasts a few seconds. The inlay is then placed within the opening. Once the numbing drops wear off, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy and you may also experience excessive tearing or light sensitivity. This is normal. Your doctor will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms. To learn more, watch this short video of an animation of the procedure.
As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress. It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual. While some patients see an improvement within the first week to a month, others way require additional time to heal. Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours.
To enhance your recovery and near vision improvement, you should:
- Avoid using your reading glasses
- Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, including artificial tears
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor
It is typical to experience some fluctuations in your vision in the first three to six months after surgery. This is often a sign of dry eye or your brain adapting to the new vision. These will likely stabilize. The key to success are to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following your doctor’s instructions. This video contains more information about the KAMRA® inlay recovery period.
For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please refer to http://kamra.com/ safety.