As with any eye surgery, healing is a process. Adhering to your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress. In the first 48 hours following the KAMRA inlay procedure, it is common to experience some sensitivity to light, as well as watery eyes and irritation. Most people are able to resume their normal activities, including returning to work, within 24 to 48 hours after the surgery.
By the end of the first week following the procedure, many people begin to notice an improvement in their near vision. It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual. For some, the improvement is dramatic and more sudden. For others, the improvement occurs more gradually. To enhance your recovery and near vision improvement, you should:
- Avoid using your reading glasses
- Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, including artificial tears
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor
It is typical to experience some fluctuations in your vision in the first three to six months after surgery. These will likely stabilize. Your doctor will recommend some simple tips to reduce your reliance on reading glasses and help you achieve the maximum benefits of the KAMRA inlay procedure. The keys to success are to be patient with the recovery process and diligent in following your doctor’s instructions.
This video contains more information about the KAMRA inlay recovery period.
Certain side effects may occur following the KAMRA inlay procedure. Dry eye, glare, halos and vision disturbances at night are some common examples. These are treatable and will likely resolve over time. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of these or feel that your recovery is not progressing properly.
Keep in mind that some KAMRA patients may still require reading glasses for activities such as reading tiny print or reading in low light. In addition, if the inlay is not centered properly or if the effects are not ideal, your doctor can safely remove the KAMRA inlay.