The Kamra corneal inlay eye surgery was developed to treat presbyopia, or the age-related loss of near vision. The eye’s lens is naturally flexible; it adjusts and bends to bring close objects into focus. However, over time the lens stiffens and loses that quality and its focusing power.
Most people that develop presbyopia come to rely on reading glasses to perform simple tasks, such as checking the time or sending a text message. However, the Kamra inlay is a long-term solution and alternative to dependence on reading glasses. It restores near vision while preserving distance vision.
Candidates for the Kamra Inlay
Dr. Belmont meets with every candidate individually to determine whether the Kamra inlay is a suitable solution. She performs a comprehensive eye exam and assessment of the candidate’s vision correction needs before offering her professional recommendations. Dr. Belmont also goes over the benefits and possible complications of the procedure.
Generally, suitable inlay eye surgery candidates are individuals who:
- are between the ages of 40 and 60
- have trouble reading their watch, cell phone or computer screen without glasses
- are tired of wearing reading glasses
- have not had laser vision correction (i.e., LASIK) or cataract removal surgery
Individuals that do not qualify for treatment with the Kamra inlay can discuss alternative treatment options with Dr. Belmont.
How the Kamra Inlay Works
The Kamra inlay is a small disc that is placed in the cornea of one eye. The disc has a tiny opening in the middle to block out unfocused light and allow only focused light to enter the eye. Because it is placed only in one of the eyes, and the other eye is left untouched, the eyes work together to provide a full range of vision.
Kamra Placement: What to Expect
The Kamra inlay placement procedure takes about 20 minutes. You will be awake during the entire procedure, and your eyes will be numbed with drops to prevent any discomfort. Dr. Belmont will ask you to focus on a light above your eye while remaining still.
Dr. Belmont will use a laser to make a small pocket in the layers of your cornea. Then, she will insert the Kamra inlay into the pocket, centering it over your pupil.
After placement, you will not be able to drive. Dr. Belmont will ask you to make arrangements to have someone else drive you home. Some Kamra patients experience mild irritation, sensitivity to light and/or tearing after the procedure, but these symptoms can be alleviated with medication. Expect to return to work and normal activities within a day or two.
Results with the Kamra Inlay
Most patients notice an improvement in their vision in the first week to a month after surgery. The Kamra is designed to be a long-lasting solution. However, if needed, it can be removed. A clinical safety study showed that vision returned to baseline level (i.e., what the patient had prior to implantation) after removal with most patients.
Contact Dr. Belmont
If you are between the ages of 40 and 60, and tired of wearing reading glasses to perform simple daily tasks, you may be a candidate for the Kamra inlay eye surgery. Please contact Belmont Eye Center today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Belmont to explore this option further.