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As you grow older, you may begin to experience a consistent decrease in the quality of near vision. This decline of vision is a common condition called presbyopia. When you are younger, your eye has a flexible lens that can adjust and bring up-close objects into focus. As you age, this lens can lose its elasticity and become more rigid, causing the loss of near vision.

Fortunately, Sambursky Laser Eye Center provides a solution to patients who are suffering from presbyopia in Greater Binghamton and the surrounding areas. This procedure is called the KAMRA corneal inlay.

About the KAMRA Corneal Inlay

The KAMRA Corneal Inlay by AcuFocus was created to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses in adults who suffer from presbyopia. This inlay consists of an outer ring with a tiny central opening and is smaller than a typical contact lens. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015.

The inlay creates a “pinhole” effect by being placed over the center of the pupil and in the middle layer of the cornea, allowing only focused light to enter the eye. Typically, the inlay is placed in the non-dominant eye, while the other is left untreated. Both eyes, one treated and one not, work together for clear vision at a full range of distance, including near and far. Dr. Sambursky may also recommend combining this procedure with LASIK in your dominant eye, to provide even better results and improved vision over a multitude of distances.

Would I Benefit from the KAMRA Inlay?

You may benefit from the KAMRA Inlay if you:

  • Are between the ages of 40 and 60
  • Have a difficult time reading a menu or checking a text
  • Are frustrated by being dependent on reading glasses
  • Have not had laser vision correction or cataract surgery

The best way to determine if KAMRA Inlay is a good option for you is to meet with our team for a consultation. Our dedicated staff will review the benefits of this procedure and answer any questions you may have.

How the KAMRA Inlay is Placed

The KAMRA inlay procedure can be conveniently done in-office and typically takes around 15 minutes or less. The procedure consists of just a few steps. First, the eye that is treated will be numbed with anesthetic drops that prevent any discomfort or pain during the procedure.

KAMRA is a simple out patient procedure requiring no stitches.

A laser will then create a tiny opening in the middle layer of the cornea, known as the stroma. The inlay will be carefully positioned over the pupil and inserted into the opening. The opening will close on its own, and the eye will heal naturally without the need for stitches. A few hours after the procedure, your eye may feel slightly irritated, dry, or generally uncomfortable. Medicated drops are prescribed to decrease the risk of side effects and to help with any initial discomfort.


What is the KAMRA inlay?
The KAMRA inlay is a lens (smaller than a contact lens) that is placed into the cornea of one eye to reduce the need for reading glasses.
Where is the KAMRA inlay placed?
The KAMRA inlay is inserted into the middle layer of the cornea called the stroma.
How do you determine whether the KAMRA inlay is right for you?
During a comprehensive eye exam, we will discuss your medical history, current health, any previous surgeries, lifestyle factors, and treatment goals. We then can work together to decide whether the KAMRA inlay will provide the results you want. If this is not a suitable option for you, we can look at other options.
Can the KAMRA inlay be removed?
The KAMRA inlay can only be removed by a doctor because it is surgically inserted into the cornea.
Are there any risks?
Complications with the KAMRA inlay are rare, but possible. These can include blurred vision, dry eye, problems with night vision, glare, halos, infection, swelling and inflammation of the cornea. At the initial examination, Dr. Sambursky extensively screens all of his patients to ensure they are excellent candidates for this exciting procedure and will receive the best possible results.

What KAMRA Patients Are Saying

KAMRA Patients

“I realized it was the first time in years that I had made brownies without glasses on so I could read the box!”


KAMRA Patients

“The KAMRA inlay has definitely changed my life. Just the simplicity of not having to find or wear reading glasses is so freeing.”


“Now I can go to auditions, and they can’t guess my age at all, they don’t have any idea how old I am, I love it!”

Find Out if You're a Candidate

The best step you can take in achieving your desired results if you struggle with moderate to severe nearsightedness is to schedule an appointment with the team at Sambursky Laser Eye Center. You’ll get a comprehensive analysis along with a plan of action to work towards restoring the quality and definition of your vision through a KAMRA inlay. Fill out the form on this page or call (607) 302-4742 to schedule your consultation.