If you need reading glasses, it may be because you have presbyopia – a naturally occurring loss of near vision that affects millions of people everyday. Like grey hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is considered a normal part of the aging process. The first symptoms usually occur between the ages of 40 – 50. However, the ability to focus on near objects declines throughout life, and generally levels off near the age of 60.
Presbyopia is believed to be caused by the gradual loss of elasticity, or flexibility, of the eye's natural lens. As the lens loses its flexibility over time, the eye has a harder time focusing up close.
The onset of presbyopia is noticeable when you need to hold books, menus, and other fine print items at arm's length in order to read them. As a result, people with presbyopia depend on reading glasses, contact lenses, or other solutions to help them see up close.
The Raindrop® Near Vision Corneal Inlay
The outpatient procedure we were recently evaluating through a clinical trial has now been approved! It is designed to improve near vision and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The procedure uses the Raindrop® corneal inlay, and is currently being offered to our patients as of August of 2016!
The Raindrop is a clear circular implant – like a tiny contact lens – that is implanted just beneath the surface of the eye. It is 2 millimeters in diameter (the size of a pinhead) and less than half the thickness of a human hair. The lens is designed so that it cannot be seen or felt once in place.
The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is made of a proprietary hydrogel material comprised of nearly 80% water, ensuring effective nutrient diffusion and transfer through the cornea. It is commonly used in soft contact lenses. The lens works by gently reshaping the curvature of the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) so that it can more strongly focus light entering the eye.
The Raindrop is placed only in one eye, the non-dominant eye, leaving your other eye untouched. Once in place, the Raindrop is designed to improve near vision when focusing up close.
The Raindrop® Procedure
The Raindrop inlay is implanted just beneath the surface of the eye during an outpatient procedure. Similar to the common LASIK procedure, a specialized laser is used to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. The flap is lifted and the Raindrop is laid in place and allowed to adhere. Once the lens adheres, the flap is closed and the surgery is complete.
The Raindrop procedure is typically performed in less than 15 minutes, with most patients returning to their normal activities the day after their procedure.
The Raindrop Clinical Study was being conducted at several specialized ophthalmology centers throughout the U.S. Slade & Baker Vision Center was the only site in Houston, TX where the clinical trial had been offered and now, as of August 30th, 2016, Dr. Slade was the first surgeon in the US to perform the procedure outside of the clinical trials and was live streamed from our clinic in Houston, TX!
Our research coordinator, Chadisty Pauly was recently honored by Revision Optics as the Research Coordinator of the year for the Raindrop study we participated in.
Fueled by a belief that no one should ever have to hold a menu out at arm’s length, RVO developed the Raindrop® Near Vision Corneal Inlay, a unique patented refractive surgery solution. This inlay is designed to improve the near vision that has been lost by the eye’s natural aging process, presbyopia. The Company is actively pursuing regulatory approvals for Raindrop® worldwide, and is committed to ridding the world of reading glasses, one satisfied patient at a time which is why Slade & Baker Vision Center has joined forces and offered this procedure to their patients.
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If you have trouble seeing up close, reading the menu or your bill at a restaurant, please call us today at 713-626-5544 to schedule a consultation.
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