If you find yourself at the pharmacy buying your first pair of readers, welcome to the unavoidable onset of presbyopia — a word from the Greek meaning “old eyes.” Thankfully, there’s a wonderful FDA-approved solution called Kamra®. Martin L. Fox, MD, FACS, of Laserfox, was instrumental in launching the Kamra corneal inlay to the Greater New York City metropolitan area, giving people a safe, long-term alternative to cumbersome reading glasses. The Kamra procedure can also be combined with LASIK if you have problems with distance vision, a pairing that Dr. Fox has named Pan-LASIK. To gain the freedom to look at your phone or your computer without the need for glasses, call or fill out the online form to request an appointment.
Presbyopia is the medical term for the increasing inability to focus on objects near you. The most noticeable aspect of this loss of focus is with reading. If you find that you have to hold your paper, your book, or your screen a little further away so you can read, that’s often the first sign of presbyopia.
Presbyopia is perfectly natural, as well as progressive, and it’s nearly universal after the age of 45 as the crystalline lenses in your eyes succumb to age. Reading glasses typically correct the problem, though you’ll be needing them more and more often as time goes on. If you’re tired of your reliance on reading glasses, the FDA-approved Kamra inlay offers a much longer-term, and hassle-free, solution.
The Kamra inlay is an ultrathin (5 microns) opaque ring made of biocompatible plastic that measures 3.8 millimeters in diameter with a 1.6 millimeter central opening. When Dr. Fox places the inlay in the center of your cornea on the line of sight of your nondominant eye, it allows only focused rays of light to enter your eye. Dr. Fox places the Kamra inlay in a corneal pocket, which he creates with a femtosecond laser — the same laser he uses to create a LASIK flap.
With the Kamra inlay in place, you benefit from a vast improvement in your depth of focus through the science of pinhole optics, which restores your reading vision.
In most cases, the Kamra inlay allows for the complete restoration of your reading vision without the loss of your distance vision, which is a huge improvement over monovision treatments of the past.
There are four main reasons why Dr. Fox recommends the Kamra inlay:
To investigate how a Kamra inlay can correct your presbyopia and free you from your reading glasses, call Dr. Fox or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.