The KAMRA corneal inlay was developed by AcuFocus in Irvine, California, and is gaining traction worldwide as a fantastic option to treat presbyopia; the age-related loss of focus that everyone suffers from after about age 45.
The inlay works based on the principle of small aperture optics, like a camera narrowing its focus for a clearer image. It provides improved depth of focus to improve near vision, and as it is only placed in one eye, it doesn’t affect your distance vision.
The KAMRA inlay is the result of decades of study on corneal inlays. Jose Barraquer is accredited to be the first to experiment with corneal implants in 1949. A series of improvements took place, but early generations of inlays suffered from poor predictability, loss of acuity over time, haze, corneal thinning, and other issues.
As huge advances in optical technology have happened over the last decade, along with the development of new biocompatible materials, corneal inlays have become a highly effective treatment for presbyopia.
In order to be well tolerated by the delicate and sensitive cornea of your eye, the biological principles of the cornea must be adhered to-meaning the inlay has to be made of a material that allows glucose to go through the cornea and nourish the corneal epithelium.
The KAMRA inlay has gone through six design iterations, starting with the original design that was made from Dacron fabric and was 25 microns thick!
It’s now only 5 microns thick, made from a totally biocompatible polymer and the number of tiny perforations in the inlay has been increased to 8,400, arranged in a pattern to allow for appropriate nutrient flow and to minimize light scatter.
In addition to the evolution in materials and design, numerous clinical studies over the past 7 years have led to the optimal depth placement in the cornea. Early studies demonstrated that shallow placement of the inlay has the potential to create some stress on the cornea, causing corneal shape change and thinning and ultimately resulting in an explant of the inlay.
Too deep an implant causes trouble too; so the optimal depth of placement is about 200 microns into the cornea.
At Optilase, the surgeon can program a femtosecond laser to suit the exact dimensions of your eye, allowing him to control the depth as well as the configuration of the incision.
Patients report excellent results and no longer have to rely on reading glasses to focus on near objects. If you are starting to experience trouble seeing things close-up and are over age 40, you may have presbyopia-whether you have had previous laser eye surgery or not.
To book a consultation at Optilase, call +353 1 223 8821.
I could not rate high enough, consultation was extremely informative and the staff were amazing, very friendly and answered all my questions with ease.
I had a wonderful experience in Optilase in Ely Place, the staff were so kind and helpful and made me feel really comfortable. Would absolutely recommend
Couldn't rate Optilase high enough. I had Lens Replacement Surgery. My experience from the first phone call to the procedure itself and the aftercare was fantastic. All of the staff from the call centre to the staff in Carrickmines and the theatre were so helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend .
I had my PRK done on both eyes , and im happy with the result. The post operation pain was extreme but it settled down after 4 days. Now i feel great after 2 weeks post operation no complications what so ever , other than blurry vision now and then, but its improving every day
Got LASIK in Ely Place only yesterday and officially had 20/20 vision just 24 hours later! Cannot recommend Optilase enough from my initial consultation with Aisling in Athlone to my trips to Carrickmines and Ely Place. The staff really look after you from the moment you walk in the door and make you feel so at ease from start to finish - 10 out of 10 experience!
I highly recommend this place, reliable information and care, full professionalism.
LASIK was so easy and pain free. It’s one week post surgery and my eye sight is wonderful. I couldn’t recommend enough.
I no longer need glasses,absolutely life changing.Great aftercare,lovely staff.
I have been wearing glasses for over 20 years. I always hated wearing contact lenses and I got to a time in my life that I needed a change. A friend recommended optilase, I went for the free consultation and the person that did all the exams was really nice and I felt safe and confident enough to go ahead, I was recommended the PRK. I Put on a piece of paper how much I spent and would still spend on glasses for the next 10 years, and the surgery was for sure cheaper than that. My prescription was very high, both eyes, myopia and astigmatism Optilase provided all the information I needed, in clear manner. And they always made clear that there was nothing wrong with my eyes, it was my own choice to go for the surgery. The day of the surgery I was a bit nervous, who wouldn't? But then, from the reception to the surgeon, they were all so nice and welcoming. Hernandez performed the procedure, lovely surgeon, again all information was provided the way it should. I was instructed in what I should and should not do. The actual procedure took less than 15min, I felt nothing, no discomfort or anything. The whole process is very well done by the team, if I remember well around 3 people supporting the surgery plus one other girl providing pos surgery instructions. Right after the procedure I could already see much better than before without glasses! I couldn't believe it, I cried, thanked everyone and left the clinic knowing that I made the best choice. The recovery for PRK is a bit longer, I stayed for 2 full days no phones, or any screens. In the dark. If you have a little one, I would recommend to have someone minding them, as you are very limited in what you can do for the day of and day after surgery. It is hard to open the eyes, the second day after surgery was the toughest, I thought all went wrong as the vision got worst, but again I was advised it could happen. Note that this was my experience and could be different for other people. The 3rd day I felt nothing and could see much better already. Light sensitivity was very high, and still, 6 days after surgery, but nothing that a sun glasses would not help. My vision still blurred, but I need no glasses to see, my eyes feel dry sometimes, but the eye drops provided helps with it and and am very happy with the results already, even knowing it takes a bit longer to fully recover the vision. I'm back to work (screen at 200% to make sure I dont force my eyes too much) and I have had no headaches or anything, which I would have all the time looking at screens for most of my day. I cannot recommend Optilase enough, they are amazing! If you want to do something for your self and want a place you can trust, go for it, choose Optilase. Thanks to the whole team for one of the best things I did for my self!
Great experience all tound from start to finish. Every step explained in great detail. Eyesight was better than 20/20 the next day. Would highly recommend using optilase for laser eye surgery
Surgeon was great! Talked me through everything as the surgery was happening. Bit of discomfort during surgery and very painful for 2-3 hrs after but put more drops in and took a nap and then completely fine after. Colette for my consultation and post op was so friendly and helpful. Overall, great experience.
I highly recommend Optilase for laser eye surgery. The process from the initial consultation to the post surgery check ups was quite smooth and professional. The staff working at the clinic was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The surgery was over in minutes and I didn't feel any pain. The doctor kept an open communication with me during the surgery what made a big difference.