Read about the revolutionary procedure available at Katzen Eye Group, KAMRA Inlay in the Wall St. Journal.
Here’s a summary of the article:
Are you having trouble reading books or using your computer? This is a common problem called presbyopia, which is the difficulty of focusing on near objects. The most common solution: wearing glasses and the inconvenience that comes with it.
You could consider the KAMRA® Inlay procedure if wearing glasses is not exactly appealing. This is a procedure that involves insertion of a tiny inlay in the eye’s cornea to correct vision. The procedure which has been used world-wide for years was recently-approved for use in the US by the FDA.
How KAMRA Works
The KAMRA® corneal inlay is a very thin plastic disk that has a small hole in the center. This hole acts just like the f-stop in a camera, increasing range of vision. The operation takes about 15 minutes after a candidate has been medically qualified for the surgery.
The inlay is not noticeable except at very near distances and for persons with blue eyes. Unlike other laser monovision procedures where the patient retains accuracy for one eye and accuracy for reading with the other, KAMRA® Inlay allows the patient to retain distance accuracy.
The KAMRA® corneal inlay can be removed if the wearer does not see any change.
KAMRA’s Clinical Study
AcuFocus which is the company behind the inlay, ran 3 year trials of plastic implants in which 87% of the trial subjects achieved 20/40 vision in the treated eye. Since coming on the market, there have been over 1690 implants done and the number keeps growing.
The FDA has approved the KAMRA® Inlay on the basis that the benefits of the implant are more than the potential risks.
Leading surgeons like Marguerite MacDonald, credited for doing the first laser eye surgery in 1987, have considered the developments positive. This is partly due to the fact that surgery equipment precision has improved over the years.
The KAMRA® Inlay has impressed experts optical health. Dr. Jeffrey Machat of Crystal Clear eye center in Toronto says he opted to have one installed after a demonstration in Tokyo.
“I went back to the hotel and slept. The next morning it was amazing. I remember taking a shower and reading the fine type on the shampoo bottle…”
Dr. Nick Tarantino of AcuFocus says the data coming in of the operations is positive. In 1696 operations observed since going for sale in 2015, only 0.83% patients have opted for removal.