Ready to Say Goodbye to the Readers? Say Hello to KAMRA Corneal Inlay
When the KAMRA Corneal Inlay for the correction of near vision received FDA approval in April of 2015, Dr. Richard Blue was among the first four surgeons in the U.S. to perform the procedure commercially. He spoke about it on the Atl & Co program on NBC – Channel 11 in Atlanta.
“I’ve done dozens since then, which actually makes me the most experienced surgeon in the country doing commercial KAMRA inlays,” said Dr. Blue. “It’s a fantastic way to address over-40 vision concerns. It’s the first technology we have that actually corrects near vision. That’s a pretty big deal.”
Who is KAMRA Corneal Inlay For?
“The ideal candidate for KAMRA is 40 and up, someone who is sick of dealing with reading glasses,” said Dr. Blue. “If you have readers on your nightstand, on your desk, in your car and sometimes on your head – but still can’t find them when you need them – KAMRA is a great option for you.”
How Does it Work?
The inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. 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 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. This is unlike monovision laser vision correction, which corrects one eye for near and one eye for distance and does not last over time.
“The great thing about the KAMRA Corneal Inlay is that it’s not age dependent,” said Dr. Blue. “It’s typically done on patients in their 40s but will also work well for people in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. The other thing that is remarkable about it is that it will last.”
What to Expect
In short, you can expect to be able to see up close without your reading glasses. “You don’t think about how many things you use your near vision for until it’s gone,” said Dr. Blue. “After KAMRA Corneal Inlay, you will be able to see your computer screen, your cell phone, a menu – anything you want to see up close – all without taking away any of your distance vision.”
“The phenomenal characteristic of this device is that it restores near vision,” added Dr. Blue. “But unlike anything else we’ve ever had before, it retains your great distance vision.”