As we age, we often begin having problems with near vision. Trouble doing close work and reading the fine print (presbyopia) can be very frustrating.
Of course, the quality of your vision has a tremendous effect on the quality of your life. That’s why it is so important to seek the advice and help of a professional any time you notice changes in your vision.
If you are having trouble with close work and reading, you may be a good candidate for an exciting new procedure called the KAMRA® inlay. This simple operation can do away with the need for reading glasses.
What Is The KAMRA® inlay?
The KAMRA® inlay is a simple surgical technique that has been in common use worldwide for many years. It has just recently been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use on patients in the USA.
It involves the use of a laser to create a small pocket in the cornea and the semi-permanent placement of a tiny plastic disc. The disc is very thin and has a tiny hole in its center which performs the same function as a camera’s f-stop; thereby increasing your range of vision. This durable disc can stay in place for decades and does not need changing.
Does It Take Effect Immediately?
You will begin to notice improvements in your vision within 24 hours. As a matter of fact, you may literally see vast improvement overnight! Many patients report going home to rest after the procedure and waking up to a sharp, clear new world.
Who Should Have This Surgery?
The best candidates for KAMRA® inlay surgery are people between the ages of 40 and 60 who have begun to lose their near-vision. Naturally, it is best if you are in good general health and have a good working relationship with your doctor and/or your ophthalmologist. Your medical professionals will work with you to evaluate your suitability for this simple, 15-minute procedure that can vastly improve the quality of your life.
KAMRA® Inlay Side Effects
Generally speaking, side effects are quite minor and short-lived. Although you will notice positive differences in your vision right away, complete healing can take a little while. Depending upon your overall health, you may not fully realize the benefits of the surgery for a month or two. Even so, you are sure to enjoy a greatly improved quality of life right away.
Why Does Full Healing Take So Long?
Some of the healing processes is actually a process of retraining your brain so that you can make the most of your corrective inlay. It can take a bit of time (days or weeks) for your brain to become accustomed to working with the implant.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the inlay visible?
It is possible to see the inlay at very close distances. Also, it is a bit more visible when used by people who have light-colored (blue or gray) eyes.
2. Can it be removed?
Removal is easy and may be desirable if you do not see a change or if you decide you’d prefer to wear glasses.
3. How is this procedure different from other laser procedures?
Some other corrective laser procedures leave the patient with one eye that can see close up while the other eye has good distance vision. KAMRA® Inlay restores natural vision so that you can see close-up and at a distance normally with both eyes.
4. How much does it cost?
Depending upon your surgeon, any unique considerations you may have and variables in the actual procedure, KAMRA® Inlay can cost between four and five-thousand dollars.
The Bottom Line
After many years of successful use abroad and three years of clinical trials in the United States, the FDA approved this procedure because it found that the benefits far outweighed any conceivable risks. To date, that has been the general consensus of patients who have undergone this simple, relatively painless, highly beneficial procedure.