Have you noticed a steady deterioration in the quality of your near vision over time? The decline of close-up vision is a near-universal consequence of aging and is called presbyopia. A youthful, healthy eye has a flexible lens that adjusts as needed to bring close objects into focus. With age, the lens loses its elasticity and becomes more rigid, causing the loss of near vision.
To compensate, Sambursky Laser Eye Center provides a solution to patients in Greater Binghamton and the surrounding area experiencing presbyopia. This solution comes in the form of a device called the KAMRA corneal inlay.
About the KAMRA Corneal Inlay
The KAMRA corneal inlay from AcuFocus was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses in adults with presbyopia. Smaller than a contact lens, the inlay consists of an outer ring and a tiny central opening.
The inlay is placed in the middle layer of the cornea and fits over the front of the center of the pupil. By design, it creates a “pinhole” effect that allows only focused light to enter the eye. The inlay is placed in one eye (usually the non-dominant eye) and the other is left untreated. The eye with the KAMRA inlay and the untreated eye work together for clear vision at a full range of distance, including near and far. Dr. Sambursky may also combine this procedure with LASIK in your dominant eye to provide better vision over a variety of distances.
Would I Benefit from the KAMRA Inlay?
You may benefit from the KAMRA inlay if you:
- Are between the ages of 40 and 60
- Have a difficult time checking a text or reading a menu without wearing reading glasses
- Are frustrated by dependence on reading glasses
- Have not had laser vision correction or cataract surgery
The best way to determine whether the KAMRA inlay is right for you is to meet with our team for a consultation. We can go over the benefits and some extremely rare risks of the treatment.
Understanding How the KAMRA Inlay Is Placed
The procedure to place the KAMRA inlay is short (typically no longer than 15 minutes) and can be conveniently performed in one of our offices.
The eye to be treated is anaesthetized with drops to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. A laser is used to make a tiny opening in the cornea and access the middle layer of the cornea known as the stroma. The inlay is carefully positioned over the pupil. The opening closes on its own and the eye heals without the need for stitches.
After the KAMRA inlay has been placed and the eye drops have worn off, the eyes may feel slightly irritated, dry or uncomfortable. Medicated drops are prescribed to decrease the risk of side effects.
What is the KAMRA inlay?
The KAMRA inlay is used to reduce the need for reading glasses. It is smaller than a contact lens and is placed in the cornea in one eye.
Where is the KAMRA inlay placed?
The KAMRA inlay is placed in the middle layer of the cornea called the stroma.
How do you determine whether the KAMRA inlay is right for you?
We’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam and discuss your medical history, current health, previous surgeries, lifestyle factors, and treatment goals. With this information, we can ascertain whether the KAMRA inlay will provide the results you desire. If it is not a suitable option for you, we can explore alternatives.
Can the KAMRA inlay be removed?
The KAMRA inlay can only be removed by a doctor. Studies show that vision usually returns to the quality it was before the inlay was placed.
Are there any risks?
Complications with the KAMRA inlay are rare, but possible. They include blurred vision, dry eye, problems with night vision, glare, halos, infection, swelling and inflammation of the cornea. At the initial examination, Dr. Sambursky extensively screens all patients to ensure they are excellent candidates for this exciting procedure.