KAMRA Corneal Inlay Procedure in NYC

Almost everyone in the age bracket over 40 will begin to have trouble seeing things up close. This condition is called “presbyopia”. Even those who have had LASIK surgery in the past will experience this decline in near vision. The reason for this is that the lens inside of the eye ages and becomes stiff, making it more difficult for the retina to focus on close images. The KAMRA® Corneal Inlay procedure is ideal for individuals who want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses, but it isn’t right for everyone. The ideal candidate is someone in their 40s or 50s who wears bifocals or reading glasses and is looking for a better near vision solution.

Key Benefits of the KAMRA Inlay

  • Improves vision without the need for reading glasses or contact lenses
  • Allows you to see from near to far clearly, with no blurriness 
  • Long-lasting results that allow you to see clearly over time
  • No more dealing with contact lenses or looking for your glasses

How Does the KAMRA Inlay Work?

The KAMRA inlay will be placed in only one of your eyes, allowing you to see up close while maintaining your distance vision in both eyes. Working together, the eyes allow you to see from near to far. The KAMRA inlay is smaller and thinner than a contact lens and sits in the cornea.

It’s a mini-ring (3.8 mm in diameter with a central 1.6 mm central aperture) with a pinhole opening in the center. This opening allows only focused light to enter the eye. This concept of “pinhole optics” is a principle that has been familiar to photographers for years.

When the aperture of the KAMRA inlay is centered on the line of sight of the eye, it produces the phenomenon of expanded depth of focus. This is where the KAMRA inlay gets its name. 

What Happens During the KAMRA Procedure?

The KAMRA inlay is a smooth procedure that only takes about 15-20 minutes. We will provide anesthetic eyedrops, and you may be given a Valium® if needed. Using a laser, Dr. Kelly will create a small opening in your cornea so that the KAMRA inlay can be placed directly in front of the pupil. You may feel some pressure for just a few seconds during this time. The KAMRA inlay will then be precisely positioned within the opening that Dr. Kelly made. Once the inlay has been implanted, it is invisible. You will need to arrange for a ride home from your appointment.

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Recovery and Results

After the KAMRA inlay procedure, you may experience a sensation of itchiness or irritation within the eye. Some patients also have light sensitivity and excess tears. While everyone is different, the majority of patients are able to return to work and normal activities within 1-2 days.

A couple of things to note: If you notice vision changes in the first 3-6 months, don’t worry. This is a common experience that can be due to routine adjusting or dry eye.

Also keep in mind that some KAMRA patients may still need reading glasses when reading tiny print, reading in low light, or performing a near task for an extended period of time.

Insurance Options

Many patients want to know if their procedure is covered by health insurance. This isn’t always clear until we have spoken with you, but many services that we offer are fully or partially covered. If there’s a procedure that you’re interested in and you’d like to know whether or not it’s covered, we encourage you to inquire about specifics when you’re in the office with us. We can determine if your procedure will be assisted by the financial help of health coverage.

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The KAMRA Inlay at Kelly Vision Center

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in ophthalmic surgery, Dr. Kelly is a comprehensive refractive surgeon offering a wide variety of procedures. If you’re frustrated with your reading glasses and are looking for a long-lasting solution to near vision loss, it’s time to learn about the KAMRA inlay. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology to achieve the best results, Kelly Vision Center is New York’s trusted choice for vision correction surgery. In addition, Dr. Kelly and his team are dedicated to making your vision correction one of the greatest experiences of your life, offering highly personalized, one-on-one care. Discover what we’re all about — contact us today.

Learn more about KAMRA inlay treatment by downloading our brochure.

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Take a moment to answer a few brief questions below to find out if you could be a KAMRA candidate.  One of our Kelly Vision Center eye care experts will be in touch with you very soon to discuss your test for KAMRA inlay.

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