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Discover the KAMRA Inlay

Enjoy life without depending on reading glasses! The inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses or contact lenses for everyday activities. The inlay:

  • Restores everyday vision so you can see text messages, a computer screen and the time on your wristwatch, all without the hassle of reading glasses.
  • Provides a natural range of vision from near to far, without blurry zones.
  • Offers a long-term solution to reading glasses, helping you enjoy clear near vision for years to come.

Find out if you’re eligible for the KAMRA Inlay!

How the Inlay Works

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.

The inlay is placed in only one eye, allowing you to see up close while maintaining your distance vision in both eyes. Your other eye is left untouched. Working together, the eyes allow you to see near and far without grabbing for your near-vision glasses. This is unlike monovision laser vision correction, which corrects one eye for near and one eye for distance.

The Procedure

Chart showing eye before KAMRA procedure

From start to finish, the 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 laser creates a small opening in the first few layers of your eye (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 experience excessive tearing or light sensitivity. This is very normal and your doctor will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms.

Chart showing eye after KAMRA

You will not be able to drive home following the procedure, so please make arrangements beforehand for a ride. You should not drive until your doctor gives you the approval to do so.

Recovery from the Inlay

As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to your doctor’s recovery recommendations and medication instructions will accelerate your progress. It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement vary by each 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.

To enhance your recovery and near vision improvement, you should:

  1. Avoid using your reading glasses.
  2. Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, including artificial tears.
  3. Keep your follow-up appointments with your physician.

It’s normal to experience some fluctuations in your vision in the first three to six months following surgery. This is often a sign of dry eye or your brain adapting to the new vision and will likely stabilize. The key to success is to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following your doctor’s instructions.

Keep in mind that some patients may still require reading glasses for activities such as reading tiny print or reading in low light. In addition, if the inlay is not centered properly or if the effects are not ideal, your doctor can safely remove the inlay.


For those who don’t qualify or aren’t interested in the corneal inlay, Monovision may be a great alternative. Monovision is a refractive correction, commonly achieved with LASIK, PRK, and natural lens replacement. The goal with this treatment is to correct one eye for distance and one eye for near vision. Many patients find less dependence on glasses with monovision, as they are able to process images at various distances, however, glasses may still be necessary for certain activities.

The iDESIGN® Refractive Studio is a technology we use at Minnesota Eye Consultants for LASIK procedures, but it was recently FDA approved for monovision treatment. This platform helps our team to measure the inside and outside of the eye, creating a highly personalized treatment plan for your procedure. This recent FDA approval is exciting, as the unique iDESIGN® Refractive Studio technology now offers more precise treatment options for presbyopic myopic patients interested in monovision.

Before undergoing a monovision procedure, your surgeon will likely ask you to try monovision using contact lenses to ensure you are happy with the results. Vision is a function of the brain, and some patients aren’t able to tolerate or adjust to having both eyes corrected to different visual distances.


KAMRA Inlay Patient Testimonials

Our KAMRA Surgeons

Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.

Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.

Specializes in: Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Bloomington, Minnetonka

David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.

David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specializes in: Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Bloomington, Minnetonka

Omar E. Awad, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Omar E. Awad, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specializes in: Cataract & Glaucoma Surgery
Practices at: Minnetonka, Woodbury

Mark S. Hansen, M.D.

Mark S. Hansen, M.D.

Specializes in: Cataract, Cornea, Glaucoma & Refractive Surgery
Practices at: Blaine, Minneapolis, Minnetonka

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