KAMRA Corneal Inlay Surgery in San Antonio, TX

At Parkhurst NuVision, we strive to treat our patients as valued guests, and a large part of that is providing some of the most advanced solutions for their vision correction. That’s why we’re proud to offer the revolutionary KAMRA corneal inlay, a state-of-the-art technology and procedure designed to permanently improve reading vision.

For anyone who can’t see up close as well as they used to, or has trouble reading without reading glasses, this is a new way to find relief. Even if you aren’t a good fit for other corrective eye surgeries, you may still be a great candidate for the KAMRA corneal inlay!

What Is the KAMRA Corneal Inlay?

Presbyopia is a condition where it becomes difficult to see or read up close over time, which is caused by the eye’s natural lens getting stiff with age. Nearly everyone experiences presbyopia as they get older, and it can make normal daily tasks — such as reading a computer screen, book, or even a car’s speedometer— difficult or even impossible.

For anyone who wants to leave their reading glasses behind, the KAMRA corneal inlay can be a perfect solution. This is a circular device that’s smaller than a contact lens and shaped like a doughnut, which is inserted into a laser-created pocket within the cornea (the front layer) of the non-dominant eye.

The inlay has a miniscule opening in the center, positioned directly in front of the pupil, which works like the aperture on a camera lens: it tightens and focuses your vision to give you better near sight, without sacrificing your distance vision.

What Are the Benefits of a Corneal Inlay?

The KAMRA corneal inlay is designed to improve near and intermediate vision, which will reduce — or even eliminate — the need for reading glasses!

Surgery is a one-day outpatient procedure: it’s minimally invasive, takes less than 20 minutes, and does not require any stiches. Numbing eyedrops are used to ensure that the procedure is painless, though guests may briefly feel some pressure when the inlay is inserted.

The inlay is only placed into the non-dominant eye, leaving the vision in the other eye unaltered, so distance vision won’t be affected. The inlay is also designed to be reversable if a guest’s vision changes over time due to other factors, making it one of the most flexible vision correction options available!

Who Is a Candidate for KAMRA Corneal Inlay?

The ideal candidate for a KAMRA inlay is anyone over the age of 45 with presbyopia, who is motivated to improve their vision!

There are a couple other requirements, including stable eye health and vision, which we can go over with you during a consultation. Most interested patients qualify!

Why Choose Parkhurst NuVision for Your Corneal Inlay Procedure?

At Parkhurst NuVision, we treat our patients like valued guests. When our guests trust us for their KAMRA corneal inlay, they are choosing high-quality care from an experienced team, using cutting-edge technology to provide them the best vision possible.

We focus specifically on vision correction services, and our caring, helpful team will go out of its way to make sure our guests feel like the VIPs they are. We want your vision to improve and for you to have a memorable and pleasant experience while you visit us.

What to Expect from KAMRA Eye Surgery

During KAMRA corneal inlay surgery, our own Gregory Parkhurst, M.D., will use a laser to create a small pocket space in the middle layer of the cornea (the eye’s outer front), where the inlay is safely inserted. Though guests may feel some pressure during the procedure, they will receive numbing eye drops, so it will be a painless experience. Most surgeries are completed in less than 20 minutes, and it is performed right in our office, without the need for stitches.

After the procedure, it’s normal to feel some itchiness or irritation in the eye, excessive tearing up, or sensitivity to light, but these symptoms are temporary. Guests will need to arrange a ride home: it will take your eye 24-48 hours to adjust completely, though healing times may vary.

Guests should avoid using reading glasses after surgery, come to all follow-up appointments, and take any prescribed medications like artificial tears to lubricate the eye. Most guests can resume regular activity within 24-48 hours. Some guests will see improvement within a week, while others may take several weeks for full correction. Vision may fluctuate for the first three months as the brain adapts.


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