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Reading Vision Correction

No matter what we do, getting older is an inevitable part of life. Our skin wrinkles, joints creak, and for many, their eyesight becomes a point of discontent. As the body ages, it becomes difficult to see while doing tasks that were once effortless, like reading a book or reading a text from a loved one on a smartphone.

Those over the age of 40 often experience presbyopia, which affects near vision, and the loss of elasticity in the lens of the eye. As elasticity in the lens is lost, the ability to focus on things close up becomes more difficult. Normally, the lens in your eye will adjust to accommodate near vision. With presbyopia, the lens is no longer able to do this. Although presbyopia is not an emergency and plenty of people live with it, many people are not content constantly reaching for their reading glasses.

Wearing reading glasses or using contact lenses easily improves presbyopia, but there are other treatment options available. For those that don’t want to be encumbered by glasses or contacts in their day-to-day life, there is a device called the Raindrop® Corneal Inlay.

What Is The Raindrop® Corneal Inlay?

When the struggles of reading glasses and contacts get to be too much for people living with presbyopia, often the next step toward better near vision is Raindrop®. Raindrop® is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat presbyopia. Inserting Raindrop® is almost painless, and takes just 10 short minutes. The inlay is a soft, hydrogel lens that is made up of 80% water, making it the most natural lens on the market to treat presbyopia.

The Raindrop® inlay is placed on the inner layers of the cornea after a flap has been created on the cornea. This flap is created in the same way as during LASIK surgery. The Raindrop® inlay is placed in your non-dominant eye. Once the Raindrop® has been placed into the cornea, the Raindrop® aids in creating sharp, clear vision, both up close and far away.

Recovery is short and lets you get back to the activities that you love in just 24-48 hours after surgery. Many Raindrop® patients find that their vision improves almost immediately after surgery, but it may vary from patient to patient.

Who Qualifies For Raindrop®?

The Raindrop® is best for those who have already begun experiencing the effects of presbyopia, and want their near vision back. For people who have presbyopia, Raindrop® is an amazing procedure that can be combined with LASIK, depending on your needs. For people in their forties, fifties, and sixties, Raindrop® is a great option to discuss with your eye doctor. To find out if you are a good candidate for Raindrop®, please schedule a consultation with one of our doctors!