If you’re like most people over the age of 40, you’re tired of reaching for your reading glasses every time you want to read your favorite book, send a text message or read a menu at a restaurant. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re likely living with a condition that affects over 11 million Americans each year: presbyopia, more commonly known as poor reading vision or poor near vision.
Up until recently, presbyopia, despite its prevalence, was only widely corrected using reading glasses. Reading glasses work, but are often a source of frustration for those that need to use them multiple times a day. Thanks to doctors and scientists working hard to develop permanent treatment methods, today we have the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay!
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay was developed specifically with presbyopic patients in mind. The Raindrop® inlay is a small, clear, contact lens shaped device that gets implanted directly into the cornea. Once implanted, the Raindrop® inlay gently changes the shape of the cornea. Even though your lens remains unaffected, your new cornea shape allows light to refract onto the retina properly.
The Raindrop® inlay is implanted only into your dominant eye. This allows both eyes to work together to provide crystal-clear vision at a distance and up close. The Raindrop® inlay is completely undetectable inside of your eye (to the naked eye), and the procedure will only take around 10 minutes. After the quick procedure and little to no downtime, you’ll be ready to toss those reading glasses to the side!
Here are few restirctions that you will need to know about before scheduling your consultation for Raindrop®:
- 41 to 65 years of age
- Do not require correction for clear distance vision
- No previous eye surgery (LASIK and PRK)
- You have no existing eye disease
- You are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have no conditions that would affect wound healing (diabetes, lupus)