The KAMRA™ Inlay surgery procedure, or pinhole technology, is ideal for those people who desire to enjoy their vision without the continual aggravation of having to use reading glasses or contact lenses
KAMRA Inlay surgery procedure can provide you with a natural range of both near and far vision without blurriness. Additionally, it may also provide long-term performance that delivers nearly clear vision even as presbyopia progresses. Presbvopia is a condition where as you age (in your 40’s), the muscles around the lens in your eye weaken which decreases the focusing power of your eye and typically requires the use of reading glasses.
The KAMRA Inlay having been reviewed for safety and effectiveness in the United States by the FDA and is now available.
Understanding Near Vision Loss
From the time we are born, the natural lens within the eye gradually begins to thicken and lose its flexibility. This occurs throughout our lives, but most of us do not notice the process until after age 40 when it begins to manifest itself as a loss of the ability to focus on near objects. This loss of near vision, known as presbyopia, is a frustrating but completely natural condition that eventually forces most people to use reading glasses in order to see print, computer monitors, and phone screens clearly.
Enjoy Life Without Depending on Reading Glasses
The KAMRA inlay helps end blurry near vision and reduce the constant frustrations of reading glasses for those with presbyopia. It provides a natural range of vision — from near to far. It also offers long-term performance to help you continue to enjoy clear near vision over time, even as presbyopia progresses. The KAMRA inlay is ideal for people looking to no longer depend on reading glasses or contact lenses for their everyday activities.
How the KAMRA Inlay Works
The 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.
Is the KAMRA Inlay For Everyone?
Imagine how much nicer everyday life would be if you didn’t have to constantly reach for your reading glasses or feel lost without them. Simple tasks like reading the news, sending a text message or checking the care instructions on a favorite sweater would be faster, easier and more enjoyable. Just how frustrating is it to live with your near vision loss?
The KAMRA inlay is ideal for people who want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses. It is important to understand that there may be times when additional magnification is needed to read small print in dim light or to perform a near task for an extended period of time. Your doctor will give you more information about the potential benefits and risks.
The entire KAMRA inlay procedure will typically take less than 20 minutes. You will be awake and alert from start to finish. Your doctor will ask you to lie on your back and focus on a light above your eye. Remaining still and focusing on this light will help you achieve the best possible results. The doctor will put numbing drops in your eye to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
The doctor will prepare to place the KAMRA inlay in one of your eyes. The other eye will be left untouched. Following surgery, both of your eyes will work together to provide a full range of vision from near to far. Using a laser, the doctor will create a small pocket in the first few layers of your cornea. You may feel slight pressure on your eye during this part of the procedure. The doctor will then insert the KAMRA inlay into the pocket and center it over your pupil.
At this time, the doctor may also treat you for dry eyes. This may include placing temporary or permanent tear duct plugs in your eye. Called punctal plugs, these are designed to increase the amount of tears in your eyes.
You will not be able to drive following the procedure so make arrangements beforehand for a ride home. You should not drive until your doctor tells you that this is okay.
Frequently Asked Questions
The KAMRA inlay has the potential to transform your life, so it’s only natural you might have a question or two. In this section, you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
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.
The KAMRA inlay helps restore near vision and reduce the constant frustrations of reading glasses for those with presbyopia or blurry near vision. By providing a natural range of vision you can see — from near to far. It also offers long-term performance to help you continue to enjoy clear vision over time, even as presbyopia progresses.
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.
Regardless of when you lost your reading vision, the KAMRA inlay may be right for you. First, make an appointment with an approved eye care provider for a comprehensive eye exam and consultation.
Accordion ContentThe 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.
The KAMRA inlay:
- Restores everyday vision so you can see text messages, a computer screen, and the time on your wrist watch, without tOffers long-term performance to help you enjoy clear near vision over timehe 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
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. The images below illustrate the size of text patients were able to read before and after the KAMRA inlay.
You can help your eyes heal faster and improve your vision by:
- Taking eye drops as prescribed
- Avoiding reading glasses
- Keeping all follow-up appointments
Your doctor will discuss your post-operative healing process prior to your procedure.