Recognized for his expertise in vision correction surgery, Ernest Kornmehl, MD, is a highly skilled laser eye surgeon, specializing in LASIK, PRK, LASEK and CK Surgery. He performs custom wavefront LASIK at his Boston Massachusetts Area offices.
Raindrop Near Vision Inlay for Presbyopia
Starting around age 40, most people begin to experience difficulty in seeing near objects clearly. This may come in the form of blurred, fuzzy vision when reading a newspaper or sending a text message. This age-related loss of near vision is known as presbyopia, and it's a common aspect of getting older, regardless of whether someone has had a previous vision problem.
In the past, the only way to manage vision loss from presbyopia was reading glasses. But thanks to the latest advances in ophthalmology, there is a new and more convenient treatment for restoring the ability to see near objects clearly. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a tiny disc lens made of soft, biocompatible material (similar to a soft contact lens) that is inserted into the eye. The inlay works by reshaping the cornea, allowing it to focus light entering the eye. Not only does the Raindrop Inlay restore near vision, but it can drastically reduce an individual's dependence on reading glasses. The Raindrop Inlay is FDA-approved, reversible and is available at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates.
Presbyopia occurs when the eye's natural lens becomes less flexible and more rigid, losing its ability to adjust or bend in order to bring close objects into focus. In addition to blurry vision, symptoms of presbyopia include difficulty reading in dimly lit environments, eyestrain and headaches.
How the Raindrop Inlay Works
The Raindrop Inlay, developed by Revision Optics, is a clear, tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. The inlay is implanted in just one eye, placed just beneath the surface of the eye. The inlay gently changes the curvature of the cornea to better focus light entering the eye and improving near vision. Both eyes work together to focus objects at all distances.
Ideal candidates for the Raindrop Inlay are individuals who:
- Are between the ages of 40 and 60
- Have difficulty reading small text or objects up close without reading glasses
- Want to reduce their dependency on reading glasses
- Have good eye health
- Are in good overall health
What's new about the Raindrop Inlay and procedure?
The Raindrop is the world's first inlay to change the shape of the cornea to improve near vision. It is designed to reduce or, in some cases, eliminate the need for reading glasses.
How effective is the Raindrop Near vision Inlay procedure?
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is extremely effective. The overwhelming majority of patients can read their phones within the first month or sooner after surgery.
What is the procedure like?
The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes to complete in our office. Numbing eye drops are used to minimize discomfort during the procedure. A tiny opening using a laser will be made to insert the implant into the eye. The tiny opening will heal by itself over time. Patients are able to resume normal activities the following day and will need to use eye drops for at least three months for comfort and healing.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients do not experience pain thanks to numbing eye drops.
What are the side effects of the procedure?
Side effects are very rare but include infection, inflammation, corneal scarring and swelling.
Can the inlay be removed if necessary?
Yes, the Raindrop Inlay can be removed at any moment. Most patients go back to having the vision they had prior to treatment, although there is no guarantee that vision will be exactly the same as before implantation.
To learn more about the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay and whether you are an appropriate candidate for it, please schedule an evaluation with Dr. Kornmehl. Please call Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates at (877) 870-2010.