Patients who experience great distance vision but still struggle with their reading glasses for up close tasks, now may qualify for our KAMRA™ Corneal Inlay.
KAMRA eliminates the need for reading glasses in people 45 - 60 years old, and who have good distance vision, but problems with their reading vision. KAMRA is designed to improve near and intermediate vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses.
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 Dr. Lindahl 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. Dr. Lindahl will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms.
You will not be able to drive home following the procedure so make arrangements beforehand for a ride. You should not drive until Dr. Lindahl tells you that this is okay.
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:
It’s 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 is to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following Dr. Lindahl’s instructions.
Keep in mind that some KAMRA patients may still require reading glasses for activities such as reading tiny print or reading in low light. In addition, if the inlay is not centered properly or if the effects are not ideal, your doctor can safely remove the KAMRA inlay.
For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please refer to http://kamra.com/ safety
The KAMRA inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. The 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.
Add LASIK to the KAMRA procedure and you can get great distance near and far even with an astigmatism. LASIK combined with KAMRA can optimize presbyopia outcomes and much more. A corneal inlay can help improve near vision without disrupting distance vision in patients with presbyopia. For someone who is a good candidate, and wants to have this procedure we can do both LASIK and KAMRA laser surgery at the same time.
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.