KAMRA Corneal Inlays

Corneal Inlays are tiny lenses (or alternate optical devices) inserted into the cornea in order to improve reading vision; they may resemble tiny contact lenses. Their main purpose is to improve near vision and reduce the need for reading glasses.

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What are Corneal Inlays?

  • Corneal Inlays are placed relatively deep within the cornea, in the thicker middle layer called the stroma. Because of this, they tend to be more stable, predictable, and long-lasting than corneal onlays (similar devices placed near the surface of the eye), leading to inlays being preferred by doctors and patients.
  • Corneal inlay surgery may be combined with LASIK surgery to correct presbyopia and nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.
  • Inlay surgery is less invasive and carries fewer risks than pakic IOL procedures, which involve implanting lenses further back inside the eye (around the pupil). It may also be a viable alternative for LASIK or PRK for people with thin corneas.

Kamra Corneal Inlay

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  • The Kamra Inlay is designed for people over the age of 40 with good distance vision without glasses, but have problems seeing up close due to presbyopia.
  • The Kamra device is only 3.8 millimeters in diameter and 6 microns thick (half as thick as plastic food wrap).
  • It consists of an opaque outer ring and a central opening to be placed over the pupil, creating a pinhole camera effect that extends the natural range of vision and makes near objects appear clearer without affecting distance vision.
  • The device is placed in the non-dominant eye, so the dominant eye is completely unaffected; it takes less than 15 minutes and can be performed in the eye surgeon’s office.
  • The eye heals quickly on its own.