The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is an eye procedure that restores near vision and may free you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. Cleveland Eye Clinic LASIK is the first to offer Raindrop Near Vision Inlay in Ohio. Learn more about this in this procedure in this WKYC segment.
Is There Treatment for Presbyopia?
Historically, many people have had to adapt to presbyopia by using reading glasses or getting bifocals. However, there are new FDA approved technologies for getting rid of reading glasses. The Raindrop Corneal Inlay is one of those solutions. Raindrop restores your near vision and allows you to read again without losing your distance vision.
Dr. Wiley and Dr Bafna are the first surgeons to bring this advanced technology to Northeast Ohio. They have performed more corneal inlay procedures than any surgeons in the state. Both Dr. Wiley and Dr. Bafna are recognized as experts in presbyopia treatments and corneal inlays. They have presented on the procedures internationally.
Who Should Consider the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
People who have experienced age-related loss of vision and are dependent on reading glasses for close-up daily tasks such as using cell phones, reading, using a computer, etc.. should be evaluated for Raindrop.
Is the Inlay Procedure Painful?
Most patients do not experience pain. The procedure is a laser assisted treatment similar to LASIK. Numbing eye drops will be placed in the eye prior to the procedure. The patient is given a sedative prior to the procedure to help them to relax, and to sleep after the procedure.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The inlay placement takes roughly 10 minutes. You should expect to be at the center for up to two hours.
What Is the Inlay Made Of? How Big Is It?
The Raindrop Inlay is 80% water. Its properties are similar to that of the natural cornea. It was developed to facilitate nutrient and fluid flow to the eye. It is transparent. It resembles a water droplet. It is roughly the size of a pinhead.
Will It Affect My Distance Vision?
The procedure may have a slight effect on distance vision in the individual eye.
How Do I Know If I’m a Candidate?
Contact us at Cleveland Eye Clinic to schedule a free consultation!
Aging is a fact of life, and unfortunately, declining vision is one of the first things we notice as we age. Many people all over the world start to notice as they approach their 40’s and 50’s that they can no longer read or see up close. Some will need to hold their newspaper far away to be able to focus on the words, or have trouble reading text messages on their phone.
This is an extremely common condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia affect millions of Americans, but fortunately, an advanced solution has made its way to the United States..
What is the KAMRA® Inlay?
The KAMRA® Inlay is new to America, but has been approved in the European Union since 2005 and is available today in 50 countries. The KAMRA® Inlay was designed specifically for the treatment of presbyopia. This tiny, mini-ring shaped device is implanted into the cornea, and acting much like a camera, focuses light onto the retina.
The KAMRA® inlay is approximately 3.8 mm in diameter, with an aperture of 1.6 mm, and weighs less than a grain of salt. In addition, the KAMRA® Inlay contains thousands of laser-cut micro perforations that allow your cornea to continue functioning normally after implantation. This advanced technology is making reading glasses a thing of the past.
How Does KAMRA® Work?
The KAMRA® Inlay is surgically implanted into only one eye. The opening in the center of the KAMRA inlay works to focus light on the retina, giving you near and intermediate vision while maintaining your distance vision.
The patient will receive numbing drops prior to the KAMRA® surgery, and will be awake during the procedure. The patient will also be given medicine to help them relax. The surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a pocket in the surface of the cornea. Once the corneal “pocket” is created, the KAMRA® inlay will be centered along your visual pathway. Once the KAMRA® inlay has been placed, the cornea will heal naturally, requiring no stitches. Once the KAMRA® Inlay is placed, it adheres to the interior of the cornea and will not be able to move around.
Recovery time with the KAMRA® Inlay surgery depends on each individual. Full recovery can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a month, and for some even longer. Side effects are generally mild, and are the same that you would experience with LASIK. Watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and the feeling of dry eyes are common and should soon subside. If your up close vision has been declining, or if you are tired of having to reach for your reading glasses to read a label, don’t wait! Contact us at Cleveland Eye Clinic to schedule a consultation today.