KAMRA™ Laser Eye Surgery FAQ

A decade of research and development and testing to satisfy government approval processes has determined that the inlay is a safe and effective solution to your near vision loss. Sometime in your 40’s, you likely noticed a change in your near vision due to presbyopia (prez-bee-‘O-pee-uh), which occurs when your eye’s natural lens becomes too stiff to change focus for up close vision.

The inlay is a microscopic plastic ring that’s implanted in the eye’s outer layer, the cornea. In addition to the opening in the center, the inlay features 8,400 high precision, laser etched micro-openings along the surface to maintain cornea health.

The KAMRA inlay works like the aperture of a camera to restore your eye’s ability to focus light from a nearby object.  The inlay extends your range of vision by focusing light that enters your eye through the center of the inlay and cuts out the peripheral blur.

You can expect less dependency on reading glasses and improved clarity when performing everyday activities, such as reading a text message on your phone or laptop screen, food labels, price tag, receipt or other items you encounter on a daily basis.

Whilst mono-vision with LASIK or contact lenses can significantly compromise distance vision, the inlay revives near vision while better maintaining distance vision.

First, numbing local anaesthetic eyedrops will ensure your absolute comfort during the 10 minute procedure. Then, your eye surgeon will create a microscopic opening on the surface of your cornea using the Wavelight FS200 femtosecond laser and implant the inlay under the corneal surface.

You won’t have any stitches or bandages. After receiving the implant, your eye may have some redness for a few hours or days. However, this will quickly resolve. During the first 24 – 48 hours, you may experience light sensitivity, watery eyes or slight irritation from the opening at the edge of the cornea.

Your recovery time will vary from a few days to a few weeks or even months. The time it takes to restore everyday near vision depends on your individual healing time.

Your eye care provider will monitor your recovery and use of eye drops to help with the healing process. In general, you can expect to use the drops for at least three months.

Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24 hours after the surgery.

The goal of the inlay is to reduce your dependency on reading glasses. You may still need readers if you are working in dim light, performing a task for a prolonged period of time or attempting to read tiny print.

Avoid your reading glasses!  The more you reach for glasses for up-close work, the longer it will take to retrain your brain to use the KAMRA™ inlay to see near objects.

Practice reading without glasses.  Your doctor may provide “tips” on how to re-train your brain to use the KAMRA inlay eye. In the beginning, you may want to practice your exercises by reading materials printed in a larger font size and progress to smaller font sizes.

Use artificial tears as prescribed.  If you experience blurry or fluctuating vision, you may have an ocular surface condition. It is important to use your eye drops often to ensure your cornea remains healthy.

Your eye surgeon will thoroughly discuss all of the potential side effects with you before surgery. The most common side – effects include dryness, glare, halos and night vision disturbances. These are the same conditions you would experience with LASIK or PRK. Over time, these conditions are expected to resolve or lessen.

Yes, it is very common to experience these symptoms on and off during the first nine to 12 months. This is often a sign of ocular surface condition, strain or the adaptation process of the brain and eye relearning how to work together. Use your eye drops and give your eyes frequent breaks.

Yes, the inlay blocks a small amount of light from entering the eye, so an image in the KAMRA™ eye may appear duller or darker compared to the non-implant eye.  Avoiding closing one eye at a time to “see” the difference will make the “dimness” less noticeable until it resolves.

During extensive trials, no patient lost his/her vision or had an irreversible adverse event. However, as with any surgical procedure, results can never be absolutely guaranteed.

If you have additional questions, talk to one of our consultants about how the KAMRA inlay can change your life.