Practice Management Considerations for the KAMRA™ Corneal Inlay

“The KAMRA is a corneal inlay device from AcuFocus Inc. designed to correct near vision loss in presbyopic patients. It is an opaque, doughnut-shaped polyvinylidene fluoride ring, 3.8 mm in diameter with a 1.6 mm central opening, that is intended to be placed in the cornea of one eye.  The FDA notes KAMRA is for patients aged 45 to 60 who need adds from 1.00 to 2.50 D. This allows for close-up focus in that eye, while retaining distance vision in both eyes, which reduces dependency on reading glasses.”

This FAQ addresses the following:

  1. What is the KAMRA™ device?
  2. How is KAMRA implanted?
  3. Are there other refractive considerations for KAMRA?
  4. What are the contraindications for implantation of the KAMRA?
  5. How is the KAMRA inlay different from monovision?
  6. What codes should be used for the implantation of the KAMRA?
  7. Is this procedure covered by Medicare?
  8. What charges are associated with this procedure?
  9. Is the KAMRA inlay approved by the FDA?
  10. May we bill the patient directly for these services?

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