If you’re at the age where you need reading glasses to see your phone or read a newspaper, menu, or computer screen, The Eye Clinic now has a better option: the new Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay.
The Raindrop® Inlay is a safe way to treat presbyopia, or age-related near vision loss. Presbyopia is a condition that causes your eye to lose the ability to change focus from distant to near objects. It is a natural part of aging that most people begin to experience after age forty as the lens of the eye loses its natural elasticity.
Raindrop® is the world’s first inlay to change the shape of the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) to improve near vision. Raindrop is incredibly small – about the size of a pinhead and less than half the thickness of a human hair – and is bioengineered to mimic the natural cornea. After the outpatient procedure, patients go back to most of their daily activities the next day.
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last summer, and was available in other countries for several years prior to approval in the U.S. In the FDA clinical study, within one week after the procedure, patients, on average, gained five lines of near vision on an eye chart without the need for reading glasses. Their vision continued to improve over the next several weeks and months.
Raindrop is made of a soft, biocompatible material similar to a soft contact lens, with properties and water content similar to that of the cornea. It gently changes the shape the cornea to improve near vision.
ABOUT RAINDROP® INLAY:
- Transparent, so no one will realize it is in your eye
- Well-suited for dim light situations
- Approximately 80% water – it actually resembles a tiny water droplet
- Bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye
- Microscopic: a fraction of the thickness of a piece of paper
For more information about the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay, contact us at The Eye Clinic today!