27 Apr Why The KAMRA Inlay May Replace Reading Glasses
If you are over 50, you have probably needed reading glasses at least once in your life. Most people develop mild farsightedness as they move past middle age, due to a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia affects the eye’s ability to focus on near objects (books, computer screens, etc.) which can be highly annoying!
For the longest time, presbyopia could only be dealt with through reading glasses or bifocals. There are now more advanced forms of ocular surgery such as lens implant and Monovision LASIK that can fix presbyopia, but all such procedures result in a permanent vision change.
The AcuFocus KAMRA Inlay is a new technique for dealing with presbyopia. The KAMRA Inlay is an implantable and removable lens that restores near vision by focusing light properly to the back of the eye. Here is how it works:
This new technology was given the acronym “KAMRA” because it functions much like a traditional camera shutter. A small opening in front of the cornea allows light to pass through to the back of the eye without becoming distorted. The KAMRA Inlay is only inserted into one eye, so as to ensure proper depth perception and distance vision.
Think of it like a contact lens calibrated for close reading. The KAMRA Inlay is microscopically thin, and contains 8400 microscopic openings to allow oxygen to flow freely to and from the surface of the eye. This is what makes the KAMRA safe for permanent implant, although it can be easily removed if the patient changes their mind.
Is The KAMRA Inlay Safe?
The KAMRA Inlay has been approved by the FDA to treat farsightedness among patients who have regular distance vision, and who have NOT had cataract surgery (different from LASIK). The KAMRA Inlay is best used for patients between the ages of 45 and 60 who are suffering from mild nearsightedness. Overall, KAMRA technology is considered a safe and minimally invasive procedure, and the objective data shows that its future is very promising.
If you are interested in treatment options relating to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, Contact Us to learn more today. The Laser Eye Center offers free LASIK eye exams to patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope to hear from you soon!