Keep An Eye Out For KAMRA

18 Jan 2013

KAMRA is a procedure available exclusively at Optilase, during which a tiny little piece of polymer is implanted over the cornea of your eye, to compensate for the loss of near vision people experience as they get older.

This loss of near vision is called Presbyopia and usually starts to affect people in their mid-40s. Distance vision is often unaffected, but people often find themselves holding objects at arm’s length to try to focus on them-mobile phones; menus; jars etc.

As we age, the crystalline lens of the eye goes from being flexible and gel-like to being quite stiff and hard; which makes it difficult for the cillary muscles of the eye to squeeze it enough to get good focus. It’s a condition called Presbyopia, and it happens to everybody.

What is the KAMRA Inlay?

KAMRA uses an inlay made of a specially designed polymer; biocompatible with the body, which has thousands of microscopic openings in it to allow free passage of fluid and nutrients in the eye.

The inlay is ultrathin, and acts like the zoom on a camera, helping focus light to form a clear image. It eliminates the need for reading glasses and gives you extra-close vision.

Where Does the Inlay Go?

It’s only implanted in one eye, as this is all that’s needed to give depth of field to both eyes without altering your distance vision. Over time our brain trains itself to get used to the implant and your stiffened eye lens doesn’t matter anymore; the focus you need is provided by the inlay.

The KAMRA procedure is simple; your eye surgeon makes a little pocket in the cornea with a bladeless laser into which the inlay is slipped. There are no stiches; no bandages, and the surgery is over in about 15 minutes.

How Does It Work?

The inlay itself is a little black piece of polymer that sits over the pupil but has a slightly smaller opening, which decreases the size of the natural pupil and gives a higher depth of field, just like a camera. It’s much smaller than a contact lens, and very effective. Objects both distant and up close appear sharp.

Your vision will be a bit blurry at first, but you can get back to normal activities within 24 hours. You’ll have to keep using eye drops for a while as the tear film of the eye takes a while to settle down, but distance vision comes back quickly and near vision improves over the course of a few days or weeks.

The goal is to be able to dispense with your reading glasses, so to discover if you’re a viable candidate for KAMRA, call Optilase on 0800 0121 565 to book your free consultation.

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