Corneal Inlays

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Last updated 9/10/2019
Corneal Inlays at Assil Eye Institute Los Angeles

What is a Corneal Inlay?

A corneal inlay is a tiny ring of a very thin special plastic that’s implanted into the middle layers of your cornea to correct your reading or near vision.

 

Can poor reading vision be corrected? 

Absolutely! Today there are several surgical options for correcting your reading or near vision. One of these options is having a KAMRA corneal inlay placed into your eye.

 

Does placing a KAMRA Corneal Inlay hurt?

No.  If you have ever known anyone who had cataract surgery at the Assil Eye Institute you probably know they found their surgery to be virtually painless. Corneal inlay surgery is very similar and does not hurt either.

How does a KAMRA Corneal Inlay work?

This ring is designed with a central pinhole opening that’s designed to allow only focused light beams into your eye so that you can more accurately focus on near objects while maintaining your ability to see far away objects.

 

The Kamra inlay is typically placed in your non-dominant eye to allow it to see near and intermediate objects clearly. Both of your eyes will work together so that you can see objects near and far. This is different from monovision LASIK which corrects one eye for near vision only and the other eye for distance vision.

 

How is the KAMRA Corneal Inlay inserted into the eye?

The KAMRA corneal inlay is inserted in a simple 15 minute procedure at your eye surgeon’s office. No general anesthesia or stitches are required. What’s more, you are typically back to your usual activities within a day of surgery. The procedure involves 5 steps:

 

  1. After your surgeon places numbing drops into your eye, he or she inserts special eye drops to make your pupils dilate widely.
  2. Next, your surgeon marks the center of your pupil with a special pen. This step is important for aligning the center of the KAMRA ring at the time of placement.
  3. Your surgeon then uses a Femtosecond laser to very precisely create a pocket within your cornea where the inlay will be placed.
  4. Working with a microscope, your surgeon carefully places the KAMRA inside the corneal pocket making sure to align its central hole with the center of your pupil.

 

Am I a good candidate for the KAMRA Inlay?

KAMRA inlays are recommended for adults aged 40 to 65 with presbyopia (age-related decreased near vision) but who have good distance vision. Of course, your eye surgeon will ask you about your vision goals and perform a comprehensive eye exam before reviewing inlays and all available options with their associated risks and benefits.

 

What can I expect after receiving a KAMRA Corneal Inlay? 

Your surgeon will give you topical antibiotics drops to prevent infection, steroid eye drops to prevent post-op swelling and artificial tears to ward off post-op dry eye caused by the disruption of nerves on the cornea’s surface during surgery.

 

It is very important that you follow your doctor’s post-op instructions carefully in order to achieve your best visual outcome. It will take several weeks before your eyes are stabilized, and final visual results are achieved. For most patients, KAMRA restores their everyday vision, providing a natural range of vision from near to far and, most importantly, gives them long-lasting clear near vision.

 

Why choose AEI for your Near VIsion correction? 

At AEI we know that each patient has a unique medical profile and lifestyle that must be taken into consideration when considering treatment options for their eye care. We don't practice “one size fits all” medicine but rather make an effort to get to know you because at AEI our patients are more than just a diagnosis.

 

We strongly believe that by getting to know you, we can not only provide you with treatment options that best fit your lifestyle, but also teach you some lifestyle modifications you can make to optimize your eye health.

 

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