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Kugler Vision Performed Nebraska’s First KAMRA® Inlay Procedures

At Kugler Vision, our mission is to provide compassionate and personalized care to our patients, remain on the forefront of science and technology, and contribute to the advancement of the field of refractive surgery through clinical research. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska performed the state’s first KAMRA Inlay procedures, as well as the first KAMRA Inlay procedures in the continental United States with the FS200 Laser.

What is the KAMRA Inlay?

The KAMRA Inlay is a small device implanted in the clear front surface of the eye that restores near vision. Kugler Vision seeks to reduce the frustrations of reading glasses with this revolutionary treatment for age related near vision loss – a condition that affects everyone as they progress into their 40s. People underestimate the frustration that comes with reading glasses. With the help of the 3.8 mm KAMRA Inlay, Lance Kugler, MD allowed eight KAMRA Inlay patients toss their reading glasses! Millions of people can be freed from their dependence on reading glasses through having the KAMRA Inlay procedure.

KAMRA Inlay vs. Contact Lens

The KAMRA Inlay is the first treatment specifically for improving near vision after age 40, and a medical first for Nebraska that we are very proud to provide.The procedure takes less than ten minutes. When recovering, most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours.

Benefits of the KAMRA Inlay

  • Restores everyday vision, so you can see text messages, a computer screen, and the time of your watch, without the frustration of reading glasses or contact lenses
  • Provides a natural range of vision – from near to far
  • Offers long-term performance to help you enjoy clear near vision over time.  

We Made History

Kugler Vision was acknowledged for our successful milestone reached on October 7, 2015. Rick Ruggles, health reporter for the Omaha World Herald, published an article about the historic day, “Omaha physician is first in Nebraska or Iowa to implant device in eye, making reading glasses unnecessary”. He joined us in an interview with a Kugler Vision KAMRA Inlay patient, Terry Baker, 49, who is a heating and air conditioning technician.

Terry said he is tired of sweat and dirt collecting on his glasses as he does detailed and close-up work with wires. He says that his glasses are always falling off his face and that with all the inconveniences, it’s almost seeing worse with reading glasses than without. Terry said that he’s noticed his vision changing for almost a decade. In the last 5 years, he noted a big change. Due to his near vision loss and work conditions, he’s been looking for a solution for the past three years. He was told that there wasn’t a good solution and that he would have to be content with his vision and relying on reading glasses.

Thanks to the KAMRA Inlay procedure at Kugler Vision, there is a perfect solution for Terry. He’s looking forward to not depending on his reading glasses at work and in everyday life. Terry said, “I’m not worried at all. I have total and complete faith in Dr. Kugler and his staff”. Not only did Kugler Vision receive recognition from Omaha World Herald, Channel 3, KMTV featured us in a news segment “Reading glasses may be a thing of the past”.

KMTV spoke with a Kugler Vision KAMRA Inlay patient, Courtenay Swanstorm, one of the first people in the state to undergo the procedure. Courtenay said, “I work at a school and the kids make fun of me when they come in and see my ‘old lady reading glasses’ on. My students will be shocked when I show up without them!”

Focus on You

Do you own a pile of reading glasses, but never seem to be able to find them when you need them? You can lose your reading glasses just like Terry, Courtenay, and the six other Kugler Vision KAMRA Inlay patients. You don’t need to deal with the ongoing frustrations and hassles of your reading glasses anymore. Find out if you are a candidate for the KAMRA Inlay today. We are the only office in Nebraska to offer the KAMRA Inlay! Contact us today by calling or texting 402.430.6302.

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Lance Kugler, MD

Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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