What is KAMRA?

30 Aug 2012

Almost everyone of us is going to need eyeglasses or contact lenses sometime of our lives. As we all grow old, our vision may not be that sharp anymore and a time will come that we're going to need to accept in ourselves that we'll need a little help seeing things. To those who are already wearing glasses or contact lenses and to those who are planning to get them, you should consider undergoing a KAMRA inlay procedure. This inlay will treat a condition called Presbyopia. It is a condition wherein the eyes will lose their near vision and is often considered to be an age-related condition. It causes people to wear eyeglasses intended for reading.

People all over the world need to wear eyeglasses for nearly everything they do. From reading magazines and newspaper, reading labels whenever they're shopping, checking text messages and seeing who's calling them on their mobile phones. Requiring vision aids can be such a big inconvenience. It's even more frustrating when these people forget to bring their eyeglasses to somewhere they will need them. Presbyopia is usually common with people from ages 40 and above. This is because we lose the flexibility of our lense over time. Due to this, people find it hard to focus on objects.

The KAMRA inlay is as wide as 3.8 millimetres and has a hole in the middle that is 1.6 millimetres wide. It's a microdisk that is as thick as 5 microns and weighs less than a salt grain. The inlay will be inserted in the cornea and only one eye will be inserted with an inlay at a time. The procedure is so quick that it takes just 15 minutes or less. Most of the time, the treatment is done together with a little laser surgery to correct any vision problems pertaining to distance. The hole in the middle keeps the cornea at a healthy condition since its allowing oxygen, glucose and metabolites to circulate. The dark ring of the middle of the inlay blocks unfocused light and the small hole in the center of the inlay allows light to pass through to get to the retina. This way, the correction of vision will be effective in no time at all.

During the procedure, the surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a flap in the patient's cornea. The surgeon will then lift the flap of the cornea to give way to the wavelight laser and the inlay is inserted. The corneal flap will then be returned to its place without the need of stitches. The cornea has glycosaminoglycans, a substance secreted by the cornea. It is a gluey and it holds the flap in place as long as the patient does not rub the eyes until it heals.

After the procedure, patients are made to rest in the clinic for two hours. During that specific time span, doctors will check on the inlay to see if it was correctly positioned in the patient's eyes. The patient is then given instructions on when the eye drops needs to be used on the eyes and enrolled in the after care program of the clinic. Patients can make a follow up checkup with the surgeon to make sure that the cornea heals faster and to avoid any possible eye problems related to the cornea and KAMRA procedure, as well as any inflammation that resulted out of the surgery.

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