If you are in your forties or fifties, you may have experienced a decline in your near vision. A common result of this is having to hold things far away to see, like a smartphone to read a text message, or books for reading. If you find yourself struggling with these symptoms, you could have a common condition called presbyopia. Click the button below to see if you are a candidate for the revolutionary procedure that will help reduce your dependency on reading glasses. This quick survey takes less than a minute to fill out.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens of the eye loses flexibility, which typically occurs during middle age. This lens is responsible for focusing light on the retina and flexes to accommodate when near vision is needed. As we age, the natural lens loses its elasticity and becomes less flexible. When this happens, the lens is no longer able to accommodate for close range distance.
Presbyopia treatment usually begins with a pair of reading glasses. People with presbyopia generally reach for their reading glasses each time they need to read a text, look at a label or read their favorite book. However, this quickly becomes tiring and frustrating. Luckily, there is a new device called the Raindrop Inlay that can permanently correct presbyopia!
What is Raindrop®?
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a tiny, contact lens shaped corneal inlay designed to correct presbyopia. The inlay is about the size of a pinhead, and is thinner than a piece of paper.
The Raindrop® Inlay is placed just underneath the surface of the eye, and aids in reshaping the cornea. Reshaping the cornea gives the eye the flexibility that it needs to use near vision. This device is only placed in one eye, allowing both eyes to work together, resulting in both sharper near vision and clearer distance vision.
The process of implanting the Raindrop® inlay is simple and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Your surgeon will begin by administering numbing eye drops to eliminate the possibility of any discomfort. The surgeon will then create a small incision in the first few layers of the cornea. The Raindrop® inlay is carefully positioned onto the cornea. Once the inlay has been positioned, the incision is smoothed over and requires no stitches.
The Recovery Process
The recovery from the Raindrop® inlay procedure is quite easy. Most people are able to return to work within a few days. Vision may fluctuate at first, because your eyes are adjusting and learning to work together. Be sure to use your medicated eye drops as directed by your doctor, and refrain from any activities that could cause any trauma to your eye.
If you are interested in the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay, contact us at Williamson Eye Center to find out if you could be a good candidate for the procedure!