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KAMRA Inlay Procedure – Gregg’s Story, Part 6

gimbel eye centreLast week I had my 3 month post-operative check in on my KAMRA Inlay. My near vision continues to improve, and testing showed I was at 20-20 (minus – not quite 20-20), with distance vision as good as ever in my KAMRA eye. On an eye chart, that means I have added four lines to my unaided reading ability.

Tests and charts aside, what does it mean for me as an experience? Well, to begin with, I do still use my reading glasses here and there. I would estimate I use them (same glasses – the prescription didn’t change) about 20% of the time I used to. So that means 80% of the time when I used to need my readers, I no longer need to use them. Right now, I am typing this on my computer without glasses, which before would have required them. I mostly use them in lower light conditions (dim restaurants, or early in the morning/late at night), and when my eyes are tired, such as first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. At these times, I could probably go without glasses and function, but it is straining and just easier to use the glasses.

What is interesting is the “squint factor”. I find that when I am not using glasses, I sometimes need to squint to make out the words I am reading. Squinting changes the shape of the eye slightly, and focuses the light, so it is easier to read. I am not usually conscious of it (my wife notices it more), but for protracted reading of small type in low light, I do notice it more.

What this means is that I can function a great deal of the time without my glasses – no need to find them, clean them, and so on – which is liberating. However, if I was expecting my near vision to be crystal clear like it was when I was 10 years old, I would be disappointed. So functionally, the KAMRA has had a great effect already, and I am more than content with the results.

How the KAMRA results will continue to develop is not clear (pun intended), however one Toronto clinic that has done hundreds of these surgeries cautions not to evaluate until the one year mark, so I have a ways to go. The ophthalmologists have said sharpness may continue to improve, which would be great. That said, my eye has little edema or hazing, and is healing fantastically well. There is no discomfort at all. So, if this were as good as it got (and at 20-20, it may be) I would say this was definitely worth doing!

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