I am very excited to announce a new option for my patients with presbyopia who want to be free of reading glasses! The FDA has recently approved KAMRA, by AcuFocus, a new corneal inlay that has been successfully used outside the United States for many years.
The KAMRA inlay provides a natural range of vision — from near to far — without blurry zones. In addition, it offers long-term performance that delivers clear near vision even as presbyopia progresses with age.
Presbyopia is a fact of life and how to correct it is a common question I hear every day in my practice. In our 40s and 50s, we begin to notice that our near vision is getting blurry. At first, we squint, turn on a brighter light or extend our arm to bring an object into focus. We struggle to see the computer screen, read a menu, send a text message and perform many other daily tasks. We must depend more and more on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close. It is so frustrating. The everyday vision we always took for granted just isn’t there anymore.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about KAMRA, call our Refractive Coordinator, Natalie Helms, for a complimentary consultation. You can reach her at 828-304-6611.