The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is an exciting and unique solution for men and women who struggle with presbyopia, an age-related loss of near vision. A minimally invasive and long-lasting alternative to reading glasses, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is implanted just underneath the outermost surface of the cornea. Once in place, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay works to reshape the cornea – much like LASIK – allowing for proper refraction of light onto the retina and the ability to focus clearly on objects close at hand.
If you struggle with presbyopia and live in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, or surrounding areas of Upstate New York, please contact Seeta Eye Centers online or by calling 845-443-4998 to schedule a consultation and learn if the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is the right solution for your needs.
- What is Presbyopia?
- Treating Age-Related Near Vision Loss
- What is a Corneal Inlay?
- The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay
- The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Procedure
- Is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Right for Me?
- Contact Seeta Eye Centers
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related loss of near vision. Everyone, regardless of lifestyle and genetics, develops presbyopia as they age – typically in the mid to late 40s or early 50s. Caused by a gradual hardening of the lens of the eye, age-related near vision loss is most commonly addressed with reading glasses.
Symptoms of presbyopia include:
- Blurry vision when reading or doing close-up work
- The need to hold reading materials at arm’s length for clarity
- Eye strain and headaches when performing close work
These symptoms may begin as early as your late 30s and may continue to interfere with your comfort, job performance, and daily life to a much greater extent as you age. While glasses can provide a temporary relief from presbyopia, once they are removed, the problem will return. What’s more, keeping track of reading glasses can be a burden and it’s easy to forget where they have been placed, creating a great inconvenience when they’re needed most.
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay offers a lasting solution to all of the issues related to reading glasses. Call our Poughkeepsie eye doctors at 845-443-4998 to schedule a consultation and learn more.
Treating Age-Related Near Vision Loss
The most common presbyopia treatment is reading glasses. Typically the least expensive option, reading glasses can be purchased through an optometrist or found at local drug and grocery stores. While initially less expensive, this maintenance-heavy treatment for presbyopia may require frequent replacement as vision changes or as glasses are misplaced or broken. It can also be fairly annoying to keep glasses with you at all times, particularly when you only need them occasionally.
Contact lenses can be used to treat presbyopia for some patients. Longer-lasting and less of a hassle than reading glasses, contacts may provide an easier solution for those leading active or busier lifestyles. However, presbyopia continues to diminish near vision with age and it can become expensive to keep up with prescription changes if contact lenses are your treatment of choice.
Monovision LASIK can be used to correct presbyopia as well. With this LASIK procedure, one eye is corrected for near vision and the other for far. By creating an intentional imbalance, monovision LASIK helps patients focus on objects close at hand and far away, and offers one of the longest-lasting solutions for age-related vision loss. It is important to remember that not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK and, even those who are may find monovision LASIK a poor solution for their long-term vision goals.
Corneal implants, a relatively new option, may offer the lest invasive and most effective treatment for presbyopia. Options like the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay can gently reshape the cornea without the removal of tissue, making them ideal for patients who are not good LASIK candidates or for those looking for an alternative to laser vision correction. During your initial consultation at our Fishkill or Poughkeepsie location, we can discuss corneal implants along with other presbyopia treatment options to help you select the one most suitable for your lifestyle and needs.
What is a Corneal Inlay?
Corneal inlays are prosthetic implants that are placed in the corneal stroma to address age-related vision loss. While somewhat like contact lenses in appearance, corneal inlays are much thinner and lighter, allowing for comfortable placement below the outer layer of corneal tissue.
Some corneal inlays are made of polyvinylidene fluoride – a thermoplastic fluoropolymer – and carbon, elements that may be rejected by the body. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay uses a hydrogel, similar to the material used for soft contact lenses, and is approximately 80% water. This may reduce risks of implant rejection and allow for longer-lasting vision correction. What kind of results you can realistically expect will be discussed in greater detail during your visit with one of our Upstate New York ophthalmologists.
About the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is an advanced corneal inlay that has been specifically designed to mimic the cornea’s natural refractive index. Approximately the size of a pinhead and incredibly thin, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay improves both near and intermediate vision in patients with presbyopia without significantly impacting distance vision.
Placed just below the surface of the eye during a short, minimally invasive in-office procedure, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay increases the curvature of the eye to improve the ability to focus on near objects. This eliminates the need for reading glasses for most patients while providing a long-lasting solution for age-related vision loss.
If you have been looking for a lasting, minimally invasive procedure that can provide you freedom from reading glasses, give us a call at 845-443-4998 to learn if the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay can help you reach your goals.
How is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Placed?
To place a Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, one of our Poughkeepsie eye doctors will use an ophthalmic laser to create a small flap in the outer layer of the cornea. Through this flap, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed directly over the center of the pupil, where it adheres to the stroma bed within minutes.
Once the inlay has effectively adhered to the stroma bed, the flap is gently put back into place where it will self-heal without stitches or glues. The procedure requires only minimal downtime, with most patients being able to resume all normal activities within 24 hours.
In clinical trials, a majority of patients with the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay reported great improvement in near vision after just one week with implants. Clear vision continued to be a reality for these patients even after two years, with 98% reporting they could still read a newspaper without glasses. What you can realistically expect from your corneal inlay will be discussed in greater detail during your Raindrop Near Vision Inlay candidacy consultation at our Poughkeepsie or Fishkill office.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
The best candidates for the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay are:
- Over the age of 41
- Experiencing difficulties focusing on near objects, reading, or performing close work
- Disinterested in reading glasses
The best candidates for this corneal inlay should not require corrective eyewear for distance vision. If you are myopic, corneal reshaping may not correct presbyopia. This can be discussed more during your time in our care. Patients with dry eyes may need treatment before receiving corneal implants. If your dry eye condition is chronic, we can discuss other presbyopia treatment options in greater detail.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for corneal implants is through a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced eye doctors. During this exam, we will conduct a series of tests and measurements, enabling us to guide you towards the most effective solution for your needs.
Contact Seeta Eye Centers
If you are struggling with age-related vision loss, please call 845-443-4998 to schedule a consultation at the Fishkill or Poughkeepsie office of Seeta Eye Centers. Our experienced Upstate New York vision correction specialists welcome an opportunity to meet with you and listen to your concerns, and to help you determine which presbyopia treatment will best restore clear vision.