KAMRA® Patient Education
Why is My Near Vision Changing?
In our 40s and 50s, we begin to experience the naturally frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper, seeing the computer screen or sending a text message becomes a struggle. We end up depending more and more on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close. This natural loss of reading vision is called presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah), and it eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before.
What Causes Presbyopia?
The eye’s natural lens is normally elastic and flexible. It works like a camera lens to automatically adjust and focus our vision. This lets us automatically switch our gaze from something near to something far away. Over time, the lens in your eye begins to stiffen. It can’t bend into the right shapes to bring close objects into clear focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away to help your eye to focus.
Presbyopia continues to progress over time. For example, someone who is 45 may only notice it when trying to read tiny print in low light. However, someone who is 50 may need to use reading glasses many times throughout the day.
How the KAMRA® Inlay Helps
The KAMRA inlay treatment is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA inlay is a mini-ring with an opening — or pinhole — in the center. The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming into the eye. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision.
Am I a candidate for the KAMRA inlay?
The KAMRA inlay is ideal for individuals who want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses and meet all medical criteria. It is important to understand there may be times when additional magnification is needed for small print, to see in dim light, or to perform a near task for an extended period of time.
You may be a KAMRA candidate if:
- You are over 40
- You are in good general health
- You wear readers
- You wear contact lenses with reading glasses
- You wear bifocals
How long does the procedure last?
From start to finish, the procedure usually takes about 20 minutes. You’ll be back to work in no more than 1 or 2 days.
Is there any pain involved with the KAMRA inlay procedure?
Prior to treatment, the doctor will place numbing drops in your eye to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Using a laser, the doctor will create a small pocket in the first few layers of your cornea. You may feel slight pressure on your eye during this part of the procedure, but you should not experience pain. Once the numbing drops wear off, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy and you may also experience excessive tearing or light sensitivity. This is normal. Your doctor will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms.
How long will it take to recover after the procedure?
As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress. It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual. While some patients see an improvement within the first week to a month, others will 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:
- Avoid using your reading glasses
- Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, including artificial tears
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor
Is there research to back this technology?
Yes. KAMRA inlay technology is backed by a decade of research and development. The KAMRA inlay received approval from the U.S. FDA on April 17, 2015, to improve near vision in certain patients with presbyopia. The KAMRA inlay received the CE marking in 2005, and has been available in Europe, Asia, and South America for over 10 years.
For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please refer to https://kamra.com/safety