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As we age, so do the lenses in our eyes, and we begin to experience the frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Activities such as reading or surfing the internet become uncomfortable and difficult, as our eyes begin to have difficulty adjusting to objects in close range. As a result, many adults increasingly experience dependency on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close and comfortably navigate their daily activities. This natural loss of reading vision is called presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah), and it eventually affects us all.


Presbyopia is a condition that typically becomes noticeable for most people around age 45 and causes more difficulty seeing up close. In children and young adults, the lens inside the eye can easily focus on distant and near objects. With age, the lens loses its ability to focus adequately. Although presbyopia is not completely understood, it is thought that the lens and its supporting structures lose the ability to make the lens longer during close vision effort. To compensate, affected individuals usually find that holding reading material further away makes the image clearer. Ultimately, aids such as reading glasses are typically needed by the mid-forties.


The eyes natural lens is normally elastic and flexible; it works like the lens of a camera in order to adjust and focus our vision, automatically switching our gaze from nearby objects to something far away. Over time these lenses stiffen, making it more difficult to bend correctly and bring close objects into focus. Presbyopia continues to progress and worsen over time. Although its initial impacts may be minor, impacting vision in minute ways, over the years individuals experience increased dependency on reading glasses throughout their day in order to see comfortably.


The KAMRA inlay treatment restores near vision, resulting in freedom from reading glasses and the reduction of visual strain. The KAMRA inlay is a mini-ring with an opening, or pinhole, in the center, which is used to focus light that enters the eye. It is placed in the first layers of the eye (otherwise known as the cornea) where it rests comfortably.

The KAMRA inlay is placed in only one of your eyes, allowing you to see up close while maintaining your distance vision in both eyes. Your non-KAMRA eye is left untouched. Working together, this allows you to see near-to-far with ease. Near vision is restored without a negative impact on the eyes capacity to see at a distance!

KAMRA Inlay Before & After

Who Is A Good Candidate For KAMRA Vision?

The KAMRA inlay is ideal for individuals over 40 seeking restoration of their near vision who hope to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The KAMRA inlay can be performed at the same time as the LASIK procedure. Previous laser vision correction, refractive lens exchange or cataract surgery does not impact eligibility for KAMRA vision correction.

The Kamra Inlay Procedure

The KAMRA inlay procedure generally takes under 20 minutes. Numbing drops are used to ensure comfort, although (for only a few seconds) you may feel slight pressure while the doctor uses laser technology to create an opening in the cornea. The inlay is then placed in this opening. When the numbing drops wear off, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy, and you may also experience tearing or light sensitivity. This is normal. Your doctor will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms.

Recovery After KAMRA Inlay Placement

Healing is a process that varies by patient. The degree of improvement to the vision and the amount of time required for recovery also varies. Patients will see an improvement in their vision anywhere from a week to a month. Others require additional time to heal. Individuals often resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours. As with any procedure, following your doctor’s instructions and suggestions for recovery will accelerate progress.

To enhance your recovery and near vision improvement, you should:

  1. Avoid using reading glasses
  2. Use your medications as prescribed by your doctor
  3. Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor

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For more information about how KAMRA Inlay can help your presbyopia, contact Jacksonville Eye Center. Call our office at 904-355-5555 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Schnipper.

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