Are you tired of needing glasses to read your favorite book, send a text message or read a menu at a restaurant? You aren’t the only one. Millions of Americans right now are experiencing the same frustrating symptoms of this condition: presbyopia.
Presbyopia is extremely common. In fact, most people will experience it in their mid-40s. While reading glasses can help, they are a source of frustration for a lot of people. Here at Southwestern Eye in Phoenix, we understand that clear sight, at every distance, is an important part of life, and that reading glasses can really weigh you down.
Luckily, reading glasses aren’t the only treatment option available for presbyopia anymore. Enter the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay!
Presbyopia is an age-related loss of near vision that makes it difficult to focus on objects up close. People with presbyopia often find themselves holding objects at an arm’s length in order to focus on them.
Inside of your eye, behind the iris (the colored part) and the pupil (the black dot), there is a natural crystalline lens that helps focus light onto the retina. This lens is flexible and moves to accommodate near vision. As you age, this lens becomes less flexible and is no longer able to accommodate near vision, making it hard to focus up close.
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a tiny, clear, circular device that is implanted directly into the cornea, clear front part of your eye. The Raindrop Inlay gently reshapes the surface of the eye (the cornea), allowing your cornea to focus light onto the retina properly, even though the lens can’t. This way, your lens doesn’t need flexibility; the cornea will pick up where the lens left off.
The Raindrop Inlay is primarily made up of water and biologically compatible materials. Raindrop will not affect your eye’s natural functions once implanted. The Raindrop Inlay has been proven safe, effective, and it is invisible to the naked eye. The Raindrop® Inlay allows you to correct your near vision – no reading glasses necessary for your everyday tasks. Thousands of patients have achieved success with the Raindrop Inlay, allowing them the freedom of navigating life with unaided improved near vision.
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay implantation procedure is quick and effective. You’ll be in and out of our office in around an hour. The inlay is only implanted into one eye, allowing both of your eyes to work together to provide clear distance and improved near vision.
To begin the procedure, your surgeon will numb your eyes with a local anesthetic drop. Your eyes will be kept gently open using a lid speculum. Your surgeon will then created a LASIK-like flap in your cornea using a specialized ophthalmic laser.
Once the flap is created and lifted, your surgeon will then position the Raindrop Inlay over the center of the pupil. Once properly placed, the flap will be smoothed back over and the procedure is complete!
Recovery from Raindrop Inlay surgery is minimal. Immediately after the procedure, your vision may be a little bit blurry, so be sure to have someone with you who can drive you home. You will be able to leave the office shortly after the procedure. Your doctor will give you a list of instructions and eye drops, but be sure to ask any questions you have about aftercare.
To ensure the healing process goes smoothly, you should wear an eye shield at night for up to four weeks. This will protect your eye while you sleep, keeping you from rubbing or hitting it while sleeping. You will also be prescribed steroid medication and antibiotic eye drops to help the healing process. You can use over-the-counter lubricating drops is you feel any discomfort or dryness.
You will be able to return to most normal activities right after surgery. You will have periodic follow-up appointments with your doctor to ensure everything is going well.
Ready to toss your readers to the side? Are you ready to gain more freedom and squint less? The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay may be for you! To find out if you are a candidate for the Raindrop Inlay, contact one of our offices throughout the greater Phoenix area. Our near vision experts here at Southwestern Eye Center are here to help!