KAMRA™ Inlay Treatment
Imagine A World Without Reading Glasses
In our 40s and 50s, we begin to experience the naturally frustrating effects of blurry near vision (presbyopia-prez-bee-OH-peeah) and turn to reading glasses for help. Approximately 25% of the world’s population suffers from the dependency of reading glasses, and the majority of them dream of not needing them at all.
For years the options have been limited, but that changed in April of 2015 when the FDA granted approval for use of the KAMRA™ Inlay Treatment in the United States. The KAMRA™ technology is the first of its kind, and can safely eliminate or reduce the need for reading glasses without sacrificing quality distance vision.
The KAMRA™ inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses.
How it works
- Smaller and thinner than a contact lens
- Is a mini-ring with an opening in the center
- Uses pinhole effect to focus light coming into your eye, similar to the F-stop in a Camera.
- Restores everyday vision without the constant frustrations of reading glasses or contact lenses.
- Provides a natural range of vision – from near to far – without blurry zones.
- Offers long-lasting performance to help you enjoy clear near vision over time.
For a complimentary KAMRA™ consultation with Dr. Oursler, call (828) 304-6611. More information about this procedure can also be found at kamra.com.
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Frequently Asked Questions about KAMRA™
How does the KAMRA™ Inlay Work?
The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. The KAMRA™ inlay is placed in only one of your eyes (usually the non-dominant eye), 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
What can I expect for the procedure
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 the doctor 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. Dr. Oursler will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms, and will explain what to expect after the surgery. You will not be able to drive home following the procedure so someone will need to accompany you the day of the procedure.
What is the recovery like?
As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to your 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 require additional time to heal. Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours.
It is typical to experience some fluctuations in your vision in the first three to six months after surgery. This is often a sign of your brain adapting to the new vision process. The keys to success are to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following your post procedure instructions.
If I need glasses for both distance and near vision can KAMRA™ still work for me?
Yes. The KAMRA™ Inlay procedures can be combined with iLASIK or PRK for distance vision correction at the same time thus giving you both excellent vision at near, intermediate and distance ranges.
Will I feel the inlay in my cornea?
No. The KAMRA™ device is placed in a corneal pocket at a minimal depth of 250 microns, well below the area of the cornea that sub serves sensation.
Will I need a stronger KAMRA™ inlay in the future?
No. Unlike reading glasses, the KAMRA™ does not contain a lens. Instead it works using the same principle as a traditional camera, increasing your depth of focus providing a wider range of vision. This is a feature that will never need adjustment.
How will the inlay affect my vision if I develop cataract?
Should you develop a cataract; your visual acuity may be affected, unrelated to KAMRA™. The cataract can be removed in the usual manner with the inlay in place allowing patients to enjoy its continuing benefits afterwards. It does not need to be removed during cataract surgery.
Can KAMRA™ be safely removed without affecting my vision?
Yes. If for any reason you are not happy with the results of KAMRA™, or it is necessary to have it taken out; this procedure is reversible. The inlay can be safely removed returning the cornea to its original state.