KAMRA™ Corneal Inlay
Starting at the age of 40, many individuals often begin to notice a change in their vision, particularly when it comes to near or intermediate-range activities. This is often due to the development of presbyopia, a progressive, age-related condition that often leads to the need for reading glasses when working at the computer, reading books or menus, or engaging in other everyday activities. Fortunately, our experienced team of top ophthalmologists in Salt Lake City are now offering an advanced treatment designed to help presbyopic patients expand their range of vision and reduce the need for glasses to see clearly. The KAMRA™ corneal inlay is an FDA-approved procedure that may be able to help you improve your near vision and maintain clarity even as presbyopia continues to progress.
What are the benefits of the KAMRA™ corneal inlay?
The KAMRA™ corneal inlay is a “mini-ring” that is smaller and thinner than an average contact lens. The inlay has a miniscule opening in the center that allows it to focus light from the front to the back of the eye. Since the inlay is placed inside only one eye (the non-dominant eye), this can ultimately help patients improve near vision while retaining distance vision – the eyes work together to see clearly at a range of distances.
Here are just a few of the potential benefits that this state-of-the-art procedure can provide:
- The KAMRA™ corneal inlay can help provide a natural range of vision without zones of blurriness between near and far distances.
- This treatment can help patients see text messages, computer screens, newspaper print, and other objects at a close range more clearly and without heavy reliance on glasses or contacts.
- The treatment is designed to create long-lasting results.
- The procedure is reversible, although the FDA study showed this rarely occurs. Individuals who are not satisfied with the results can have the inlay removed. Removal would require an additional surgical procedure.
Am I a candidate?
Ideal candidates for the KAMRA™ corneal inlay are often those who:
- Experience blurry, unfocused vision on small print and up-close objects
- Do not need corrective eyewear to see clearly at a far distance
- Are between 45 and 60 years of age
- Typically need reading glasses.
- May have had LASIK, PRK or cataract surgery in the past.
Whether you are an ideal candidate for the KAMRA™ corneal inlay will ultimately depend on the unique characteristics of your eye as well as your ultimate needs and goals. One of our experienced eye surgeons will meet with you for an eye evaluation and consultation to determine if this procedure is the best option.
What does the procedure involve?
The KAMRA™ corneal inlay procedure typically takes about 20 minutes or less to complete and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Numbing drops will be placed on your eye to minimize discomfort. Advanced laser technology will be used to make a small opening for the inlay inside the cornea, and the inlay is then carefully placed.
After the procedure is complete, you will be given prescriptions that will aid in the healing process. Most patients are able to resume normal daily routines within one to two days.
What about the results?
Some individuals may begin to see vision improvement within the first week after treatment, while it may take more time for others. This disparity is likely due to different rates of healing depending on each individual’s eye characteristics. Close adherence to post-operative instructions and follow-up appointments will also be necessary to achieve proper healing.
While presbyopia is a progressive vision condition, one of the many potential benefits of the KAMRA™ corneal inlay is that it is designed to help patients maintain good near vision even as presbyopia continues to develop.
Notice the book’s focus in the image below:
Do you have questions about the KAMRA™ corneal inlay? If so, we will be happy to address your concerns. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Eye Institute of Utah today.