We all know to expect some changes in our vision as we get older. But did you imagine you would have to hold your smartphone at an arms length just to focus on the words? Or have to reach for your reading glasses every time you have to read something, no matter how short? If you have experienced any of these frustrating scenarios, chances are you’re dealing with a common condition called presbyopia.
What exactly is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related refractive error that makes it difficult to see up close. This typically develops in a person’s mid-40’s to 50’s.
Inside of your eye, just behind the pupil, there is a crystal clear, natural lens. This lens is responsible for reflecting light onto the retina. When you are young, this lens is naturally flexible, and is able to flex to “accommodate” near vision. As you age, this lens becomes less and less flexible, until the lens is longer able to accommodate for near vision.
People with presbyopia generally always keep a pair of reading glasses nearby. Reading glasses are generally the first course of presbyopia treatment. But if you’ve experienced the constant off-and-on with reading glasses, you’re probably about ready to try something new. That’s where the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay comes in!
What is the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay?
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a tiny, clear device that is implanted within the first few layers of the cornea. This inlay, a fraction of the size of a contact lens and thinner than a piece of paper, is designed to go directly over the pupil. This allows the device to slightly reshape the cornea to allow for sharp near vision. The device is only placed in one eye, allowing your eyes to work together for both sharp near vision and distance vision.
The Raindrop® Procedure
The process is short, only about 10 minutes. After numbing your eye, your surgeon will begin by creating a “pocket” within the first few layers of the cornea. The Raindrop® inlay is carefully positioned inside of the eye. After the inlay is correctly placed, your cornea is smoothed back into place and the surgery is over!
What is the recovery like?
The recovery from this surgery is simple, requiring little to no downtime. Most people go back to work the very next day. You will experience some fluctuations in vision as your eyes adjust and learn to work together. Most patients see full results within a week or two. You will be instructed on correct after care procedures and given medicated eye drops to prevent infection as your eye heals.
At Boston Laser, we are committed to offering only the best in vision correction. We truly believe the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay fits that commitment. If you are curious about the Raindrop® inlay and would like to book a consultation, contact our office as soon as possible! We look forward to hearing from you.