The Procedure – What to Expect
The KAMRA® inlay procedure typically lasts under 20 minutes from beginning to end.
Numbing drops will first be used to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Next, Dr. Jackson will use a laser to make a small opening in the cornea. You may feel a slight pressure, which is common and lasts only a few seconds. Finally, the KAMRA® inlay is precisely positioned and placed within the opening.
After the procedure, the numbing drops will start to wear off. Your eye may feel irritated or itchy, produce excess tears, and be sensitive to light. This is all normal, and Dr. Jackson will give you medications to help alleviate these symptoms.
You should not drive yourself home after the procedure. Instead, arrange a ride in advance. Only resume driving when your doctor says it is okay to do so.
To learn more, you can view this short animated video of the procedure.
Recovery – What to Expect
As with any eye surgery, healing takes time. Following Dr. Jackson’s recovery instructions exactly will speed up your progress. Most importantly, be aware that the amount and pace of improvement may vary from person to person. Some people may notice an improvement within the first week to a month, while others might need extra time to heal. Most people return to normal activities within 1 to 2 days.
To maximize your recovery and restore your near vision more quickly:
- Avoid the use of reading glasses
- Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take the prescribed medications, including artificial tears
- Go to your doctor’s follow-up appointment
If you have any vision changes within the first 3 to 6 months, know that this is normal. This is often a sign of dry eye or your brain adjusting to your new vision. These symptoms will most likely stabilize. Be patient with the recovery process and follow Dr. Jackson’s instructions carefully. These are the keys to success!
Keep in mind that some KAMRA® Reading Vision patients may still need reading glasses when reading tiny print or reading in low light. Plus, if the KAMRA® inlay is not properly centered or if the results are not ideal, the inlay can be safely removed.