The KAMRA corneal inlay is an implant which was designed to help reduce the need for reading glasses. Dr. Peter Hersh was a principal investigator and the CLEI team participated in the clinical trials leading to the recent FDA approval. You can watch a video interview with one of our Corneal Inlay clincial trial patients here – http://www.vision-institute.com/new-jersey/video.htm.
In some patients with keratoconus, it might be helpful to decrease unwanted optical side effects of light glare, halos, and double vision. Smaller than a contact lens, the KAMRA corneal inlay looks like a black ring. There is a tiny aperture or hole in the center of the inlay. The inlay may help to improve vision in two ways
- Creates a pinhole effect so the scattered “static” light rays of keratoconus are blocked.
- Focuses light rays so you can see a wider range of vision near, intermediate (computer) and distance.
How does the KAMRA Inlay Work?
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.
What can I expect during the KAMRA procedure?
The KAMRA inlay is an out-patient procedure performed at The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute by Dr. Hersh.From start to finish, the KAMRA inlay procedure will typically take around 30 minutes. Numbing drops are used to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel slight pressure while Dr. Hersh uses a laser to create a small opening the first few layers of your eye, known as the cornea. This is the same type of laser that is used to start a LASIK procedure. The inlay is placed within the opening created by the laser. Once the numbing drops wear off, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy and you may also experience tearing or light sensitivity. Dr. Hersh and staff will provide instructions on post-operative care the day of treatment, including eye drops to use afterwards. You will not be able to drive home after your procedure, so arrangements should be made beforehand for a ride. You should not drive until Dr. Hersh tells you that this is okay.
What is the recovery process?
As with any eye procedure, 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 may require additional time to heal. Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours.
How can I find out if the KAMRA reading procedure is right for me?
If you are interested in learning if the KAMRA corneal inlay can reduce your dependence on reading glasses, contact the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute at 201-883-0505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hersh.