Hawaii Ophthalmology Patient Reflects on Her KAMRA Corneal Inlay Surgery
Having recently undergone surgery for her presbyopia, Keala–a patient of Aloha Laser Vision–recounts her experience receiving the KAMRA inlay through surgery with Alan R. Faulkner, MD.
Honolulu, HI – The KAMRA™ corneal inlay is a revolutionary advancement in presbyopia treatment, says Honolulu ophthalmologist Dr. Alan R. Faulkner. The state-of-the-art procedure entails inserting the corneal inlay over the center of the eye, which improves vision by only allowing focused light through to the retina. KAMRA is recommended for those individuals between the ages of 45-60 who have good distance vision without glasses. In some cases KAMRA can be combined with LASIK. Dr. Faulkner was the first surgeon in Hawaii to perform the KAMRA™ procedure and was the first in the country to operate utilizing the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond Laser. He recently completed his first nine cases, and Keala–one of these patients, as well as an employee at Aloha Laser Vision–provides a recap of her KAMRA™ experience.
Keala was suffering from presbyopia and had noticed it worsening over the past year. She became increasingly frustrated with difficulty reading, as well as seeing at greater distances. She explains, “Hoping the KAMRA™ Inlay would help me continue my visual activities without glasses, not just for near, but distance also, pushed me over the edge to have it done.”
Despite her dislike for anything coming in contact with her eyes, Keala notes feeling “surprisingly and thankfully calm during the procedure.” She says it helped that she knew what to expect since she had assisted with the previous patients’ inlay surgeries. Another major contributor to her relaxed mind was the encouragement and kind words from her fellow employees at Aloha Laser Vision. ”I also had one of the best ophthalmologists in this world, Dr. Alan Faulkner, doing my surgery so I knew I was in good hands.”
Although she was nervous about how the surgery would feel, she reports the entire process as being painless and only feeling some pressure on her eye when the laser was engaged. Keala says she did not experience pain or burning following the procedure, either, which she found relieving. The following day, she experienced mild irritation, as well as some redness–both of which she explains were minimal. During her follow-up visit, she was excited to notice an improvement in near and far vision already. “It was a great experience for me. I’m looking forward to when my eye is stable and to seeing many more years without reading glasses.”
About Alan R. Faulkner, M.D.
Dr. Faulkner earned his Medical Degree from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and stayed at the university to complete an internship in Internal Medicine, a residency in Ophthalmology, and a Fellowship in Ocular Oncology, Oculoplastics, and Orbital Disease. Dr. Faulkner then became an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane before joining his father’s eye care practice. In July 2001, he founded Aloha Laser Vision, LLC. In addition to performing a wide range of general ophthalmology and refractive eye surgeries here, Dr. Faulkner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the International Society of Refractive Surgeons, and the Hawaii Ophthalmological Society. He is available for interview upon request.
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