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.

Have you noticed that despite using your arms to move objects farther and farther away you just can’t seem to get the object into clear focus. Everyday tasks like reading a menu and seeing from near to far become difficult. The KAMRA inlay restores near vision while maintaining excelent distance vision.

The advanced technology of the KAMRA inlay is gently placed into the cornea and is made of materials compatible with the eye. In our 20’s and 30’s the eye’s natural lens is highy flexible. As a result, light rays from near objects can be brought to a clear focus on the retina. Over time and usually in out 40’s and 50’s, the eye’s natural lens loses its flexibility and focusing power. Consequently, light rays from near objects are not focused on the retina. Using the pinhole effect, the KAMRA inlay enables only focused light rays to enter the eye, restoring vision from near to far. The KAMRA inlay treatment involves placing the inlay withing the first few layers of the eye, known as the cornea. The KAMRA inlay provides long-lasting performance to help you enjoy an extended natural range of vision over time. The KAMRA inlay restores your everyday near vision so you can once again enjoy life without depending on reading glasses.

KAMRA inlay. Life just looks better without reading glasses.

Ask your eye doctor if the KAMRA inlay is right for you. Please visit to review the risks and benefits.

Indications for use

The KAMRA inlay is intended for placement in the non-dominant eye of patients who are between the ages of 45 and 60 years old, who have not had cataract surgery, who are unable to focus clearly on near objects or small print, who don’t need glasses or contact lenses for clear distance vision and who need reading glasses with +1.00 to +2.50 diopters of power.

Summary of Important Information:

The KAMRA inlay procedure may not eliminate the need for reading glasses. The Kamra inlay procedure may cause blurred vision, difficulties with contrast sensivity, problems with night vision, double vision, ghost images, glare, halos, and color disturbances. Your eye may also feel pain, dryness, burning, discomfort and look red. Other risks you may experience include infection, swelling, thinning, or inflammation or the cornea and changes in your vision. The KAMRA inlay CAN be removed. During the clinical study, after removal of the inlay, vision generally returned to the level the patient had prior to the implantation with the KAMRA inlay. However, this does not guarantee that your vision will return to exactly what it was before surgery or that your eye will not have permanent damage. Non-surgical alternatives to the KAMRA inlay may include the use of reading glasses or contact lenses. Before considering the KAMRA inlay procedure you should: 1) Have a complete eye examination and, 2) Talk with your eye surgeon about the alternatives to treatment, potential benefits, complications, risks, and time required for healing.

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:

  1. Avoid the use of reading glasses
  2. Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take the prescribed medications, including artificial tears
  3. 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.