Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre Now Offers the KAMRA™ Inlay

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The KAMRA™ Inlay – now offered at Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre in Toronto, Ontario – is an implantable device that can correct presbyopia, greatly improving individuals’ ability to see near objects such as text.

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The KAMRA™ Inlay – now offered at Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre in Toronto, Ontario – is an implantable device that can correct presbyopia, greatly improving individuals’ ability to see near objects such as text.

Dr. David Rootman and the team at Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre in Toronto, Ontario are happy to offer their patients the KAMRA™ Inlay lens. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of ophthalmology, ranging from a professorship at the University of Toronto to head practitioner and medical director of the Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre, Dr. Rootman is uniquely qualified to provide this treatment. Refractive surgery and the treatment of visual impairments such as presbyopia and cataracts is a leading part of his practice, and through years of experience, he has finely honed his skills for the benefit of his patients. Individuals who suffer from presbyopia that are looking for a solution to this impairment may want to consider the KAMRA™ Inlay; it can have a tremendous impact on a person’s quality of life.

As people age, their near vision deteriorates. This condition is known as presbyopia, and it affects everyone at some point in time. Common solutions for presbyopia include reading glasses and multi-focal contact lenses (or monovision lenses). However, both options are less than convenient; in order to take advantage of the benefits they offer, individuals must carry their glasses or wear their contact lenses at all times, and must ensure that they are well maintained and cleaned constantly. With LASIK surgery, presbyopia can be corrected, but at the expense of distance vision, as laser vision correction can only modify the cornea for near or far field of vision, not both in the same eye. The KAMRA™ Inlay (pronounced like “camera”) corrects presbyopia and can be used alone or in conjunction with LASIK treatment.

The KAMRA™ Inlay – What Is It?
Put simply, the KAMRA™ is an implantable lens that’s placed inside the cornea (beneath the corneal flap or through a corneal pocket) to help focus light onto the retina for near vision. Smaller than a contact lens and weighing less than a single grain of rice, it is completely imperceptible once it has been placed – besides the amazing vision that it provides, of course. The inlay itself is a small, round micro-disc with an opaque outer ring and a transparent opening in the center. Through this opening, light is refracted onto the retina in an extremely focused fashion, for improved vision clarity.

Nearsighted and farsighted people and those with astigmatism can benefit greatly from the KAMRA™ Inlay, as it provides a permanent solution to presbyopia and eliminates the downsides posed by glasses and contact lenses or monovision. For individuals who suffer poor distance vision, the KAMRA™ Inlay can be combined with LASIK treatment to correct for both near and far vision. Once the LASIK procedure is complete, the disc will be placed over the cornea and the flap will be put back into place, where it will heal naturally. In either case, the procedure can typically be completed in less than 30 minutes, and vision improvement will be noticeable soon afterward.
After more than 10 years of research and development, the completion of clinical trials throughout Europe and Asia, and the placement of over 15,000 inlays, the KAMRA™ Inlay has received clinical approval in Canada. This extensive testing period has shown the inlay to be a safe and effective solution for presbyopia, and it is a tremendous option for individuals looking to treat this common ailment. For these reasons and many others, Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre is now choosing to offer this treatment for the first time to its patients.

A New Life: Made Possible with the KAMRA™ Inlay
Individuals who suffer from presbyopia often imagine what it would be like to once again be able to read the news on their tablet without having to zoom in on the text or order from the menu at their favorite restaurant without holding it out at arms’ length and squinting or fumbling for reading glasses. With the KAMRA™ Inlay, these individuals don’t have to imagine any longer – they can improve their near field of vision and experience these little pleasures every day.

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David S. Rootman, MD, FRCSC
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