Aging is a fact of life, and unfortunately, declining vision is one of the first things we notice as we age. Many people all over the world start to notice as they approach their 40’s and 50’s that they can no longer read or see up close. Some will need to hold their newspaper far away to be able to focus on the words or have trouble reading text messages on their phone.
This is an extremely common condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia affects millions of Americans, but fortunately, an advanced solution has made its way to the United States.
What is the KAMRA Inlay?
The KAMRA® Inlay is new to America, but has been approved in the European Union since 2005 and is available today in 50 countries. The KAMRA® Inlay was designed specifically for the treatment of presbyopia. This tiny, mini-ring shaped device is implanted into the cornea, and acting much like a camera, focuses light onto the retina.
The KAMRA® inlay is approximately 3.8 mm in diameter, with an aperture of 1.6 mm, and weighs less than a grain of salt. In addition, the KAMRA® Inlay contains thousands of laser-cut micro perforations that allow your cornea to continue functioning normally after implantation. This advanced technology is making reading glasses a thing of the past.
How does KAMRA work?
The KAMRA® Inlay is surgically implanted into only one eye. The opening in the center of the KAMRA inlay works to focus light on the retina, giving you near and intermediate vision while maintaining your distance vision.
Raindrop Near Vision Inlay
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a tiny, contact lens shaped corneal inlay designed to correct presbyopia. The inlay is about the size of a pinhead and is thinner than a piece of paper. The Raindrop inlay is placed just underneath the surface of the eye, and aids in reshaping the cornea. This device is only placed in one eye, allowing both eyes to work together, resulting in both sharp near vision and clear distance vision.
The process of implanting the Raindrop inlay is simple, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and takes place right in our office. Your surgeon will begin by administering numbing eye drops to eliminate the possibility of any discomfort. Your surgeon will then create a small incision in the first few layers of the cornea. The Raindrop inlay is carefully positioned into the cornea. Once the inlay has been positioned, the incision is smoothed over and requires no stitches. Your surgery is over!