At Laser Eye Center, we are proud to offer the KAMRA Inlay, a revolutionary procedure that helps patients who have lost the ability to see clearly at near with age. After age 40, the natural lens inside the eye becomes less flexible, making it difficult to read things like menus, price tags, and cell phones without reaching for magnifying glasses. It is a condition called Presbyopia, and it happens to everyone at some point. The KAMRA Inlay provides a safe, long-lasting solution to this problem by restoring the patient’s full range of vision. Best of all, near visual clarity is achieved without sacrificing distance vision.
How Does the Kamra Inlay Work?
The KAMRA Inlay is a mini-disc, smaller and thinner than a contact lens, which has a pinhole in the center. Once implanted into the cornea, the pinhole allows only focused light to enter the eye. The KAMRA Inlay is only implanted in one eye, the other eye is left untouched. With both eyes working together, near vision is restored while maintaining distance functionality. Depth perception and stereo vision are also preserved.
The Kamra Inlay Procedure
The KAMRA Inlay procedure takes less than 15 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return to work as early as the next day. Numbing drops are applied to the eye, and a device is used to keep the patient from blinking. Our surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap near the surface of the eye, and the KAMRA Inlay is then positioned into the cornea. The results are immediate, but it may take up to one month for full visual adaptation. The KAMRA Inlay offers long-term performance and is a permanent procedure, but can be fully removed in the future, if necessary.
WHAT IS PRESBYOPIA?
Presbyopia is a type of hyperopia, or farsightedness, in which the lens loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on close objects. During the early and middle years of life, the crystalline lens of the eye has the ability to focus on nearby images by getting thicker, and on distant objects by becoming thinner. Presbyopia occurs when this ability is lost.
SYMPTOMS OF PRESBYOPIA
- Blurry close vision that starts after age 40
- Difficulty adjusting focus when switching from near to distance vision
- Eye fatigue along with headaches when doing close work
CAUSES OF PRESBYOPIA
As we age, the lenses in the eyes become less elastic and lose their ability to flatten and thicken. This decreased elasticity affects how the eyes focus when changing from near to distance vision. While presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, it actually takes several years for an individual to be aware that seeing close up has become more difficult. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in a person’s early to mid-forties.
CAUSES OF PRESBYOPIA
Our team at the Laser Eye Center of Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire can perform a comprehensive examination for presbyopia to determine elasticity, ability to focus, eye coordination and muscle control.