Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the inlay is a mini-ring with an opening – or pinhole – in the center. This pinhole allows only focused light to enter your eye. The inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. The KAMRA inlay is placed in only one of your eyes, allowing you to see up close, while maintaining your distance vision in both eyes. Your non-KAMRA eye is left untouched. Working together, the eyes allow you to see near to far.
Is the KAMRA Inlay For Everyone?
The KAMRA inlay is ideal for people who want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses. It is important to understand that there may be times when additional magnification is needed to read small print in dim light or to perform a near task for an extended period of time.
The entire KAMRA inlay procedure will typically take less than 20 minutes. You will be awake and alert from start to finish. Prof. Cosar will ask you to lie on your back and focus on a light above your eye. Remaining still and focusing on this light will help you achieve the best possible results. The nurse will put numbing drops in your eye to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Prof. Cosar will prepare to place the KAMRA inlay in one of your eyes. The other eye will be left untouched. Following surgery, both of your eyes will work together to provide a full range of vision from near to far. Using a laser, Prof. Cosar 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. Prof. Cosar will then insert the KAMRA inlay into the pocket and center it over your pupil.
As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to Prof. Cosar’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress. In the first 48 hours following the KAMRA inlay procedure, it is common to experience some sensitivity to light, as well as watery eyes and irritation. Most people are able to resume their normal activities, including returning to work, within 24 to 48 hours after the surgery.
By the end of the first week following the procedure, many people begin to notice an improvement in their near vision. It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual. For some, the improvement is dramatic and more sudden. For others, the improvement occurs more gradually. 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
It is typical to experience some fluctuations in your vision in the first three to six months after surgery. These will likely stabilize. Prof. Cosar will recommend some simple tips to reduce your reliance on reading glasses and help you achieve the maximum benefits of the KAMRA inlay procedure. The keys to success are to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following your doctor’s instructions.
Certain side effects may occur following the KAMRA inlay procedure. Dry eye, glare, halos and vision disturbances at night are some common examples. These are treatable and will likely resolve over time. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of these or feel that your recovery is not progressing properly.
Keep in mind that some KAMRA patients may still require reading glasses for activities such as reading tiny print or reading in low light. In addition, if the inlay is not centered properly or if the effects are not ideal, your doctor can safely remove the KAMRA inlay.