KAMRA Inlay is used to help restore near vision for those who suffer from presbyopia.
The procedure uses a simple pinhole technique, creating a “pinhole camera effect” which allows for only focused light to enter the eye. The pinhole technique helps the flow of oxygen and other nutrients pour into the eye.
The Inlay is only inserted into your dominant eye and is placed in front of the pupil, providing a sharper depth of focus.
The surgery only takes about 15 minutes. After the procedure, your KAMRA Inlay eye will now be able to work together to have full range vision with your untouched dominant eye.
The Inlay is very thin, lighter than a grain is salt, and contains a ring with an opening in the center.
What is Presbyopia?
There are 1.3 billion people in the world living with presbyopia.
When we’re young, our eyes are very flexible and are able to stretch and bend the muscles surrounding our eyes to adjust our lenses, which focuses light directly to our retina. The issue is, when we get older our eye muscles and lenses slowly begin to weaken and become less flexible. When this occurs, it becomes more difficult for focused light to reach our retina, making it harder for us to see clearly. The typical age range for presbyopia patients is for adults 40-60 years old.
Symptoms may include:
Fatigue after doing close work
Holding reading materials further away from you in order to properly focus your eyes
Needing brighter lighting while reading
How it Works
The procedure requires the patient to stay awake and alert for the 15 minutes while in the operating room. The patient will lay down on their back (similar to a chair at the dentist) and remain completely still during the procedure. The qualified surgeon will then put numbing drops in their eye to make sure they’re are comfortable during the entire surgery and ask them to focus on the light above you. Focusing on the light ensures that they will achieve the best possible results during the operation. The patient may feel a slight pressure on their eye while the laser is being used in order to create the flap. The laser is then used to make a small pocket in the cornea of the eye. After that, the surgeon places the inlay in the pocket, allowing for only focused light to enter the eye.
For the first 2 days following the surgery, it is normal for a patient to expect sensitivity to light, mild irritation, and watery eyes. Most people are able to head back to work 24 to 48 hours after the surgery takes place. After the first week, most patients begin seeing an improvement in their near vision. Keep in mind, everyone heals at different rates, some at faster rates than others.
To improve recovery time after surgery:
Do not use your readers
Take all medications prescribed by your doctor
Attend your follow-up appointment to ensure a healthy recovery