Frequently Asked Questions

The KAMRA inlay has the potential to transform your life, so it’s only natural you might have a question or two. In this section, you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.


What is presbyopia (or near vision loss)?

The lens in your eye is stretchy and flexible. With time the lens stiffens. As a result it can no longer bend into the right shape to bring close objects into focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away at just the right distance to focus. This is why you start holding reading materials at arm’s length. The clinical term is presbyopia (prez-bee-‘O-pee-uh) and it happens to everyone eventually.

What is the KAMRA inlay?

The KAMRA inlay helps restore near vision and reduce the constant frustrations of reading glasses for those with presbyopia or blurry near vision. By providing a natural range of vision you can see — from near to far. It also offers long-term performance to help you continue to enjoy clear vision over time, even as presbyopia progresses.

How does the KAMRA inlay restore near vision?

The KAMRA inlay sits in the first few layers of the eye known as the cornea. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the inlay is a mini-ring with an opening in the center. By using this pinhole effect, the inlay focuses light coming into the eye. This restores near vision while maintaining your distance vision.

How can I find out if the KAMRA inlay is right for me?

Regardless of when you lost your reading vision, the KAMRA inlay may be right for you. First, make an appointment with an approved eye care provider for a comprehensive eye exam and consultation. To locate an approved provider, please use the convenient Find A Doctor page on this site.

Who can benefit from the KAMRA inlay?

The KAMRA inlay is ideal for individuals who have lost their near vision due to presbyopia and desire to do everyday activities without reading glasses. Presbyopia (prez-bee-‘O-pee-uh) happens to almost everyone in their 40s or 50s when the eye’s natural lens becomes too stiff to focus up close.

What benefits does the inlay provide?

The KAMRA inlay:

  • Restores everyday vision so you can see text messages, a computer screen, and the time on your wrist watch, without the frustration of reading glasses or contact lenses
  • Provides a natural range of vision – from near to far
  • Offers long-term performance to help you enjoy clear near vision over time

How much of an improvement can I expect?

The amount of near vision improvement varies by individual. However, most patients can expect their near visual acuities to improve an average of three lines or more.  The images below illustrate the size of text patients were able to read before and after the KAMRA inlay.

How can I accelerate my recovery?

You can help your eyes heal faster and improve your vision by:

  1. Taking eye drops as prescribed
  2. Avoiding reading glasses
  3. Keeping all follow-up appointments

Your doctor will discuss your post-operative healing process prior to your procedure.