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A Photographer Refocuses His Eyes with the Kamra Inlay

Mike Thomas picked up a cam­era as a child and nev­er put it down. His pas­sion became his pro­fes­sion as his train­ing in still pho­tog­ra­phy led him to join the Uni­ver­si­ty Tech­nol­o­gy Team at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty in Cleve­land, Ohio. Today, Mike, as the Assis­tant Direc­tor of Learn­ing and Teach­ing Sys­tems, leads the design and sup­port of class­room-based tech­nol­o­gy at Case West­ern, which enables numer­ous stu­dents to watch record­ed lec­ture mate­r­i­al online every day.

As part of the teach­ing and learn­ing sys­tems group, Mike’s focus is on video and mul­ti­me­dia projects that sup­port aca­d­e­m­ic tech­nol­o­gy, so hav­ing good vision is a big part of his job. His days are filled with screens, from large video screens in lec­ture halls to iPad screens and desk­top screens used in online class­rooms, and the many still and video cam­era screens used to cap­ture con­tent.

I have been insane­ly addict­ed to pho­tog­ra­phy since I was a kid. And, every­thing was going swim­ming­ly with my vision until age 40 came along,” Mike said. “When I turned 40, my read­ing vision start­ed going. It affect­ed me in a vari­ety of ways. Look­ing at my cam­era, I just wasn’t able to see things as clear as I want­ed to and it just got pro­gres­sive­ly worse as I moved toward 50,” Mike explained.

Mike start­ed wear­ing bifo­cals main­ly for the read­ing, but he quick­ly noticed that glass­es were a nui­sance.

Wear­ing glass­es start­ed ruin­ing the art of pho­tog­ra­phy for me. It was hard to use glass­es to look in my cam­era; then take them on off to look at the back of my cam­era. It was get­ting ridicu­lous. And, it was dif­fi­cult to see mon­i­tors at work. You can only make the text so big. It just was not a good sit­u­a­tion.”

In Jan­u­ary 2016, Mike went to Clear Choice Cus­tom LASIK Cen­ter in Cleve­land and explained all his vision issues to the staff. They had a solu­tion: the KAMRA® inlay.  The staff told Mike about the KAMRA inlay and how the inlay tech­nol­o­gy was based on the aper­ture of a cam­era lens and would give him an extend­ed range of vision. He couldn’t sign up fast enough; at 52 he was ready to take his glass­es off. “The KAMRA inlay total­ly made sense,” said Mike.

Just a few weeks lat­er, Mike had the KAMRA inlay implant­ed, and the results were amaz­ing. Mike was told that heal­ing could take a few weeks, but he was able to start read­ing fine text and print in just a few days. “With­in a few days, my qual­i­ty of life got bet­ter. I am a very visu­al per­son, and I am able to see again,” said Mike.

Real­ly, on a less­er scale, I just hat­ed my bifo­cals; I absolute­ly insane­ly hat­ed them. I hat­ed clean­ing them. I hat­ed not being able to fall asleep because I was afraid I would roll over and smash them and then have to pay anoth­er $300 to $400 for a new pair. So the KAMRA inlay has been an absolute win-win; total­ly worth it and prob­a­bly the best mon­ey I have ever spent.”

In my job, I am judg­ing col­ors, con­trasts, clar­i­ty of things con­stant­ly. I am very par­tic­u­lar about how I see and real­ly push my vision. That is why it was so dev­as­tat­ing to have to go to bifo­cals. When I found out the KAMRA inlay was avail­able, it was lifechang­ing.”

When asked what he likes the best about not hav­ing to wear glass­es any­more, Mike replied, “the coolest thing was throw­ing out all those lit­tle pack­ages of eye­glass wipes for my glass­es. I used to keep them in my pock­et and my brief­case, in my car­ry-on lug­gage. I had them every­where because it would dri­ve me insane to have a smudge on my glass­es.”

I am just so crit­i­cal of how clear­ly I see. Dur­ing the post pro­cess­ing of video or pho­tos in light­room or pho­to­shop, I would con­stant­ly be adjust­ing my screen to find the sweet spot. With the KAMRA inlay, the whole thing is a sweet spot.”

Mike also is back behind the cam­era again and back to mak­ing his art. Some exam­ple of his amaz­ing work can be seen on his blog, mikes-life.com.

The KAMRA inlay is a tiny mini-ring, small­er than a con­tact lens and thin­ner than a human hair. The inlay sits in the first few lay­ers of the eye known as the cornea and only allows focused light to enter the eye. This enables patients, like Mike, to see clear­ly up close while main­tain­ing good dis­tance vision.

For peo­ple look­ing to no longer depend on read­ing glass­es or con­tact lens­es for every­day activ­i­ties, as Mike was, the KAMRA inlay could be a solu­tion.


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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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