Cashel woman is first patient to have new sight-saving surgery

A Cashel woman has become the first woman in Ireland to undergo a new surgical treatment for a condition that can lead to near sight loss.

A Cashel woman has become the first woman in Ireland to undergo a new surgical treatment for a condition that can lead to near sight loss.

Gobnait Long was the first Irish patient to undergo the revolutionary treatment of KAMRA Vision, at one of only a handful of clinics across Europe to offer the procedure.

The Wellington Eye Clinic at the Beacon Medical Campus in Dublin are one of just fifteen clinics in Europe to be selected by AcuFocus, the manufacturers of KAMRA Vision, to provide the revolutionary treatment option for near vision loss, or presbyopia, to Irish patients .

Dr Arthur Cummings performed the first KAMRA Vision procedure ever performed in Ireland on July 7, at The Wellington Eye Clinic on 54 year old bank official Gobnait.

Near vision loss affects more than 1.5 billion people globally. Until now patients could only treat near vision loss with reading glasses, contact lenses or LASIK. However, these options come with compromise, such as significant loss of distance and intermediate vision in the reading eye. KAMRA Vision offers patients a new alternative, which significantly reduces dependence on reading glasses and contact lenses while maintaining a full range of vision.

In September last year clinical data supporting the KAMRA inlay was introduced to an exclusive hand-picked group of the world’s most prestigious ophthalmologists and refractive surgeons, including Dr Arthur Cummings and Dr Richard Corkin from the Wellington Eye Clinic. It was following this presentation that the Wellington Eye Clinics agreed to perform the KAMRA Vision procedure in Ireland.

Arthur Cummings, Consultant Eye Surgeon at The Wellington Eye Clinic and the Beacon Hospital, who is an internationally renowned expert on customised laser treatment was excited to be performing the countries first procedure.

Dr Cummings said, “KAMRA Vision offers our patients a proven, precise and predictable solution for near vision loss virtually eliminating a patient’s need for reading glasses. With more than 4,000 successful procedures performed worldwide The Wellington Eye Clinic is delighted to offer KAMRA Vision to Irish patients . Backed by nearly ten years of research and development it is evident that this product is an excellent surgical option for presbyopia patients and we are delighted to have performed our first two successful KAMRA Vision procedures here at The Wellington Eye Clinic just last week.”

Gobnait Long was Dr Cummings very first patient for the KAMRA Vision treatment and the procedure was a complete success. Gobnait said “Only days after the procedure I am now able to pluck my own eyebrows, see my mobile phone texts and read the newspaper without the aid of glasses. This is a whole new world for me and I am so excited. I am delighted to finally get rid of my glasses and look forward to looking and feeling a little bit younger without them!”

KAMRA is predominantly for the over 40’s. With age the eye’s natural lens becomes too stiff to focus up close and as a result words and other nearby objects become blurry. If you are tired of buying reading glasses, fumbling with contact lenses morning and night, borrowing your partners glasses to read menus when out to dinner or need to hold your paper, book or phone at arm’s length then KAMRA Vision is a possible solution.

Improvement in near vision has been noted in some patients just a few days after the KAMRA Vision procedure. The time it takes to restore everyday near vision depends on the client’s healing time.

At the recent annual European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) meeting in Paris, France, Dr. Günther Grabner, professor of ophthalmology at the Paracelsus University of Salzburg presented data on the three-year postoperative performance of KAMRA Vision for the first time. At three years, patients with KAMRA Vision reported significant improvement in both uncorrected near vision acuity and intermediate uncorrected visual acuity, two key sight measurements.

These results demonstrate that patients can view a computer screen, see numbers on their mobile phone and read the newspaper without glasses. “This data underscore that KAMRA Vision is safe and effective, delivering a full range of vision with minimal unwanted visual sensations, such as glare and halo,” said Dr. Grabner.

The procedure is available at The Wellington Eye Clinic exclusively at a cost of €E2,000

The KAMRA inlay is a pinhole with a central diameter of 1.6mm and an external diameter of 3.8mm. The pinhole only allows the central rays to pass through and cuts out the peripheral rays that are blurring the view. It therefore increases the depth of focus and improves the near vision abilities. The inlay is 5 microns thick (a typical red blood cell is 7 microns thick and a human hair is 80 to 100 microns thick).

The procedure is completely reversible; for anyone who does not like the result, the inlay can be removed.

Presbyopia, a part of the normal aging process, reduces the ability of the eye to focus on near objects. This condition occurs when the crystalline lens of the eye loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on close objects. Presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a number of years, usually becoming noticeable in the early to mid-40s. Presbyopia is not a disease and it cannot be prevented. Traditionally, most people with presbyopia use reading glasses to improve their near vision.