Corneal Inlays for Presbyopia Correction
Once you reach a certain age, it is extremely common to begin having difficulty seeing objects at a close range as clearly as before. This is typically because of presbyopia, a condition that often develops in people who are 40 years of age and older. Presbyopia often requires patients to wear reading glasses or bifocals to help them with their near vision; however, a new presbyopia correction technique called the Raindrop™ Near Vision Inlay is helping many individuals reduce their reliance on corrective eyewear and achieve better focus on objects at close distances. Our eye doctors now offer this innovative new solution right here at Gulfcoast Eye Care.
What are the benefits of the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay?
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay offers a number of distinct advantages for patients with presbyopia who simply want to regain their ability to clearly see objects at a close distance. Benefits of this treatment include:
- Reduction – or possibly even elimination – of dependence on reading glasses to focus on near objects
- Improvement of near and intermediate vision without affecting distance vision
- The inlay is a small, clear implant and virtually invisible, making it unique among other types of corneal inlays
- The procedure is reversible for patients who may want the implant removed at a later date (this is rare)
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is designed to treat presbyopia in patients who are between 41 and 65 years of age. Candidates for the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay are typically those who are in this age range and suffer from blurry vision while reading or trying to focus on near objects. Ideal candidates for this treatment are also those who do not need glasses or contacts to clearly see objects at far distances, but rely on reading glasses for up-close vision.
What can I expect during the treatment process?
The inlay is a very small surgical implant that is placed inside the cornea of the non-dominant eye. Our surgeon will utilize a state-of-the-art laser to precisely create a tiny pocket in the eye’s cornea that will hold the Raindrop® inlay. The inlay itself is thinner than a human hair and about the size of a pinhead. Once it has been placed, the Raindrop® inlay is designed to alter the cornea’s curvature, strengthening its ability to focus light and helping to improve vision at near and intermediate distances.
Corneal inlays have revolutionized the treatment of presbyopia, a common eye condition experienced by millions of people across the globe, and we are very happy to bring this treatment to our community. One of our experienced eye surgeons will meet with you for an initial consultation and eye evaluation to determine if the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is the right option for your needs.
If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Gulfcoast Eye Care today.