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KAMRA FAQ

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What is KAMRA? 
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The KAMRA inlay helps to restore near vision and is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses for those with presbyopia or age-related blurry near vision. By providing a natural range of vision you can see - from near to far. KAMRA offers long-term performance to help you continue to enjoy clear vision over time, even as presbyopia progresses. 

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Who should consider the KAMRA Near Vision Inlay?
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Age related loss of near vision or presbyopia is the condition that leaves many of us reaching for reading glasses in our 40s and early 50s. Anybody who needs reading glasses for daily tasks, such as using mobile phones, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work, may be a candidate, regardless of when you lost your reading vision. The KAMRA inlay is ideal for individuals who have lost their near vision due to presbyopia and desire to do everyday activities without reading glasses. Presbyopia (prez-bee-‘O-pee-uh) happens to almost everyone in their 40s or 50s when the eye’s natural lens becomes too stiff to focus up close.

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How common is near vision loss?
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Near vision loss, or Presbyopia, the condition that decreases your eyes’ ability to focus on near objects, affects more than a billion people in the world, according to the Archives of Ophthalmology. Everyone eventually develops presbyopia. It affects most people in their 40s and early 50s.

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What causes near vision loss?
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The lens in your eye is stretchy and flexible. With time the lens stiffens. As a result it can no longer bend into the right shape to bring close objects into focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away at just the right distance to focus. This is why you start holding reading materials at arm’s length. The clinical term is presbyopia (prez-bee-‘O-pee-uh) and it happens to everyone eventually.

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How does the procedure work?
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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 in the center. By using this pinhole effect, the inlay focuses light coming into the eye. This restores near vision while maintaining your distance vision.

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What is the procedure like?
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It is easily done in the Rochester Eye & Laser Center's LASIK suite and takes about 20-minutes. Patients should be driven home after the procedure and should take it easy the rest of the day. Most patients return to normal activity the next day. Most people who have had the KAMRA implanted see an improvement in their near vision by one day and it continues to improve for several weeks. Patients need to use eye drops for several months after the procedure for comfort and healing.

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Is it safe for the eye?
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Extensive trials and usage show that it is safe. This was confirmed by the US FDA. KAMRA is bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye.

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Does it hurt?
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Numbing drops are given for the procedure, but most patients do not experience any pain, just a little pressure.

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Does it interfere with far vision?
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One KAMRA Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea of the non-dominant eye. Both eyes work together to create one image. The near vision is improved in the KAMRA eye, while the distance is slightly affected. With both eyes working together, there is not a compromise for distance vision and patients still have a significant improvement in near vision.

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How much of an improvement can I expect?
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The amount of near vision improvement varies by individual. However, most patients can expect their near visual acuities to improve an average of three lines or more. 

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What benefits does the inlay provide?
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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 or contact lenses
  • Provides a natural range of vision – from near to far
  • Offers long-term performance to help you enjoy clear near vision over time
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Can the inlay be removed?
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Yes, the KAMRA can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before KAMRA.

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