The Herzig Eye Institute Turns Back Time with new Kamra Vision Procedure to Surgically Correct Presbyopia

Top Quote Presbyopia is the loss of reading vision that hits everyone after the age of 40. While the only option in the past was to wear reading glasses or bifocals, today there are several surgical options available to eliminate or reduce one's dependence on glasses to see clearly up close; monovision, multifocal intraocular lenses, accommodative intraocular lenses, and now, the latest innovation KAMRA Vision™ is available in Canada at the Herzig Eye Institute. For more information about KAMRA Vision visit or End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 15, 2012 - "KAMRA Vision is an amazing medical advance for the treatment of presbyopia," states Dr. Sheldon Herzig, Co-founder and Medical Director, Herzig Eye Institute "This breakthrough solution for reversing the effects of presbyopia consists of inserting the KAMRA™ inlay into the cornea."

    The KAMRA inlay is a 3.8mm disc weighing less than a grain of salt that provides an improved range of focus for both near and intermediate vision without affecting distance vision significantly. The inlay is placed in the cornea after making a flap or small opening in the cornea with a laser. It may be necessary to combine it with LASIK but it can also be inserted in the cornea of patients who have previously had LASIK, PRK, RLE or cataract surgery and now have little or no reading vision.

    The KAMRA Vision procedure takes 10-15 minutes and the inlay is placed only in the non-dominant eye to provide a permanent solution for the loss of reading vision. It works using the principle of small aperture pinhole optics, the same principle as a pinhole camera. It is not a lens and is not age dependent with the same inlay being used whether a person is 45 or 75.

    "The KAMRA inlay has now been implanted in over 15,000 patients around the world and is fully approved in Canada," adds Dr. Herzig. "It is safe and effective and the most exciting advance in the treatment of presbyopia."

    With KAMRA Vision, patients have an improved range of focus and are able to see equally well for close, intermediate and far distances. The same inlay is used for all ages, the patient's reading vision will not get worse with age and the inlay never needs to be changed.


    For patients with high myopia, thin corneas, signs of early cataract, corneal structural weakness, or severe dry eyes who are not candidates for KAMRA Vision, there are a number of options to correct their presbyopia.

    Monovision means that one eye, usually the dominant eye, is corrected for distance vision and the non-dominant eye is corrected for reading. This was originally achieved with a monocle and more recently with a monovision contact lens. Surgically, monovision can be achieved with LASIK, PRK, inserting a lens into the eye without removing a person's natural lens (ICL), or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), exchanging the natural lens for an intraocular lens (IOL). With any of these surgical procedures one eye can be made to see clearly in the distance while the other eye is able to read. In almost all patients there is no awareness that the eyes are different making this a very successful approach.

    The multifocal intraocular lens has been available for over 20 years. The quality of these lenses has improved greatly since the late 1980's providing excellent distance and reading vision in both eyes. Implanting a multifocal intraocular lens requires removing a person's natural lens either because it has become cloudy (cataract), or simply to eliminate glasses while the natural lens is still clear. This is known as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). Quite often RLE is a safer and more precise procedure than laser vision correction with either LASIK or PRK. The lens that is used to replace the natural lens can either provide monovison, or if the lens is multifocal, distance and reading vision in both eyes. Another type of lens to restore reading is the accommodative lens.

    On the cutting edge of technology, the Herzig Eye Institute offers baby boomers a number of effective alternatives for the treatment of presbyopia, Each patient goes through a thorough assessment to determine the best option for them

    About the Herzig Eye Institute:
    Committed to providing custom vision for livingTM, The Herzig Eye Institute has treated thousands of patients from across Canada, 42 US states and 23 countries worldwide, providing smart vision solutions from a team of world renowned surgeons under one roof in a LASIK, Refractive Surgery, Refractive Cataract Surgery and Retina facility. The Herzig Eye Institute is led by Co-founder and Medical Director Sheldon Herzig, MD, FRCSC, a world-renowned expert in his field and past president of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon who prepared the Recommended Safety Guidelines for Laser Refractive Centres in Canada and Co-founder and CEO Cherry Tabb, recipient of the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Innovations.

    The Herzig Eye Institute's High Definition Vision® solutions utilize only the most advanced vision correction technology as well as other proven intraocular surgical procedures for patients who do not qualify for laser surgery. The Herzig Eye Institute also offers treatments for presbyopia including KAMRA Vision™, Monovision LASIK, Refractive Lens Exchange, the Intraocular Collamer Lens (ICL), as well as providing Advanced Refractive Cataract Solutions. The Herzig Eye Institute is the only custom vision correction surgical centre in North America to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001 certification by SGS International Certification Services, Inc.

    For additional information and/or interview requests, please contact:
    Peter Ashworth / Ashley Lloyd | Ashworth Associates Inc. | 416-603-6005
    peter ( @ ) ashworthassociates dot com | ashley ( @ ) ashworthassociates dot com

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