Discover KAMRA Inlay
If you are over the age of 40, you’ve probably noticed a common age-related phenomenon. Have you ever had to hold your phone, book or magazine at an arm’s length to be able to focus on the words? Are you reaching for reading glasses every time you have to look at a restaurant menu? If the answer is yes, then you are probably dealing with a common refractive error called “presbyopia.” Presbyopia is frustrating, but luckily, the new KAMRA inlay can help.
What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related refractive error that causes blurry near vision. This condition is extremely common in people over the age of 40. Even those who previously had perfect eyesight can still experience presbyopia.
What causes presbyopia?
Inside of your eye, right behind the iris and pupil, there is a clear, flexible lens. This lens is responsible for refracting light onto the retina. For near vision, this lens will bend and flex to accommodate close objects.
Presbyopia causes the naturally flexible lens to become thicker and more rigid. Because the lens is no longer able to flex to accommodate close vision, close objects begin to appear blurry.
What are the treatments?
The most common solution to presbyopia is the use of reading glasses. Reading glasses are a good way to correct vision temporarily, but many people find them annoying and aging. Multifocal contact lenses have also been shown to correct near vision.
But what if you don’t want to wear reading glasses or contacts? That’s where the KAMRA inlay comes in!
The KAMRA Inlay
The KAMRA inlay is a tiny, ring-shaped device that is inserted into first few layers of the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA inlay has a pinhole in the center. This pinhole makes sure only focused light gets into your eye. The KAMRA inlay is inserted into one of your eyes, so you will maintain clear distance vision. Your eyes will work together to provide clear distance and near vision!
During the KAMRA inlay procedure, your surgeon will create a corneal pocket using a laser. Your surgeon will then insert the KAMRA inlay into your cornea. You will require no stitches – your cornea is self-healing!
The KAMRA inlay procedure is a quick outpatient procedure. The procedure is generally over in 20 minutes. You will be able to get back to normal activities within a day or two. Recovery time varies, but most patients are seeing clearly within a couple weeks. The KAMRA inlay does not always eliminate the need for reading glasses, but it will greatly reduce your dependence on them!