Have you noticed that as you age, your near vision has gotten worse? The decline of close-up vision is called presbyopia and is a near-universal consequence of getting older. A young, healthy eye has a flexible lens covering the pupil which can adjust as needed to focus on objects. As you age, your eyes’ lenses lose elasticity and become more rigid, which results in the loss of near vision. Sambursky Laser Eye Center is now providing a solution to patients in the Greater Binghamton area who are experiencing presbyopia. This life changing device is called the KAMRA Corneal Inlay.

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KAMRA is a simple out patient procedure requiring no stitches.

About the KAMRA Corneal Inlay

The KAMRA Corneal Inlay was developed by AcuFocus and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015. It is used to reduce or even eliminate the need for reading glasses in adults with presbyopia. Developed to be smaller than a contact lens, the inlay consists of an outer ring with a tiny central opening. The inlay fits over the center of the pupil and is placed in the middle layer of the cornea. This creates a “pinhole” effect that allows for only focused light to enter the eye. The inlay is typically placed in the non-dominant eye, and the opposite eye is left untreated. Both eyes – the eye with the KAMRA inlay and the untreated eye – work together to promote clearer vision at a full-range of distance, both near and far. Dr. Sambursky may combine this procedure with LASIK in the dominant eye to provide better vision at a variety of distances.

Would I Benefit from the KAMRA Inlay?

You could benefit from the KAMRA inlay if you:

  • Are between the ages of 40 to 60
  • Have a difficult time checking texts or reading menus
  • Are frustrated by having to use reading glasses
  • Have not had laser vision correction or cataract surgery

The best way to determine if the KAMRA inlay would be best for you is to meet with our consultation team. Together we will discuss the rare potential risks and the extensive benefits of this treatment

Understanding How the KAMRA Inlay is Placed

The procedure to place the KAMRA inlay is typically no longer than 15 minutes and can conveniently be performed in one of our offices. The eye that is receiving the treatment will be anaesthetized with drops to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. A laser will then be used to make a small opening to access the middle layer of the cornea. The inlay will then be placed over the pupil very carefully. The small opening will heal on its own, without the need for stitches. After the KAMRA inlay has been placed and the eye drops have worn off, the eye may feel a slight irritation, may be dry, or feel uncomfortable. Medicated drops can be prescribed to decrease the risk of side effects.

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