KAMRA Corneal Inlay

A healthy, young eye is able to focus light from both far and near objects to create a clear image at all distances. By age 45, the eye’s natural lens is too stiff to focus on near points.

The steepening of the natural lens in the eye brings near images into focus
The steepening of the natural lens in the eye brings near images into focus.  The lens stiffens and is unable to focus as you age.

As a result, near tasks like reading or computer work are blurry. This is a natural occurrence that affects us for the rest of our life. The clinical term for the loss of near vision is presbyopia. It is possible to have poor near vision, but good distance vision.

The KAMRA Corneal Inlay is a new procedure 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 FDA approval.

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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.

  1. Creates a pinhole effect so near objects are clearer.
  2. Focuses light rays so you can see a wider range of vision near, intermediate (computer) and distance.

The KAMRA Procedure

Ring-shaped KAMRA inlay helps to focus near objects.

During an out-patient procedure performed at The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute, our doctors will implant the inlay in one eye. Using eyedrops to numb the eye, a laser is used to form a pocket for inlay placement.

The Kamra inlay is then placed in position, as determined from your preoperative measurements. The procedure is not painful and you can return to normal activities the next day. If needed, the Kamra inlay can be removed.

You may be eligible for this procedure if you are:

  1. Between the ages of 45 and 60.
  2. Using reading glasses to read or work on the computer.
  3. Not using glasses or contacts to see far objects.
  4. In good physical health.
  5. Able to meet other medical criteria determined by our doctors.

What to expect after KAMRA inlay placement

The amount of time it takes to see an improvement in near vision varies. Some see better in a few days. For others, it takes several months, or there may be no improvement at all.

You can help your eye heal faster by using eye drops as prescribed. You will also be asked to practice reading without glasses. This activity will help train your inlay eye on how to see near again.

The goal of the inlay is to reduce your need for reading glasses. However, you may continue to need glasses for reading very small print or in dim light.

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 201-692-9434 or e-mail info@vision-institute.com.

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