Do you want to eliminate the need for reading glasses? Are you tired of holding things further away than normal just to read them? There is a new procedure available at Whitson Vision called the KAMRA corneal inlay procedure that was created precisely to address these annoying issues caused by presbyopia. Presbyopia is common as we get older. The lens in the eye loses its capacity to adjust as we age, resulting in loss of near vision.

How does the KAMRA corneal inlay procedure work?

Your ophthalmologists at Whitson Vision will use an eye-scanning technology to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. The lens is smaller and thinner than a contact lens and the inlay is a film-like ring with an opening in the center. The KAMRA corneal inlay delivers a more natural range of vision. It works on the same principle as a small camera opening by increasing the depth of focus. The opening in the inlay allows only focused light into the eye, allowing you to see near, far and everything in-between. The KAMRA corneal inlay is only placed in one eye allowing you to see up close, while sustaining your distance vision. Your other eye is either left untouched or is corrected for great distance vision. Working together, the eyes allow you to see near, far and everything in-between.

What should I expect during the procedure?

The entire KAMRA inlay procedure will take less than 20 minutes. You will be awake and during the entire procedure. Your doctor at Whitson Vision will ask you to lie on your back and focus on a light above your eye. Staying still and concentrating on this light will help you attain the best possible results. The doctor will put numbing drops in your eye to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Using a laser, the doctor will create a small pocket in the first few layers of your cornea. You may feel minimal pressure on your eye through this part of the procedure. The doctor will then insert the KAMRA inlay into the pocket and center it over your pupil. The doctor 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.

Who is a good candidate for the KAMRA corneal inlay procedure?

The procedure is perfect for active individuals looking to no longer be subject to reading glasses or contact lenses for their everyday activities. The procedure will restore everyday vision so you can see text messages, a computer screen and the time on your wrist watch. 

The Refractive Surgery Center aboard Naval Training Center, a clinic of Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), successfully performed the first ever KAMRA Inlay surgery in the Department of Defense. Visit our blog to read more!