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.
How does the KAMRA procedure work?
The KAMRA® inlay procedure will typically take less than 20 minutes. Numbing drops are used to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel slight pressure while the doctor uses a laser to create a small opening in the first few layers of your eye, known as the cornea. The inlay is then placed within the opening. 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.
What can I expect after KAMRA?
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 way 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:
1. Avoid using your reading glasses
2. Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, including artificial tears
3. Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor