A brand new surgical technique could soon obsolesce the need for reading glasses. Called the Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay, this novel procedure was designed by the southern California company Revision Optics.
As you could tell from the name, the Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay works by changing the eye's corneal structure. This refractive surgical procedure works by implanting a tiny device inside the patient's eyes to help recalibrate the patient's cornea.
Each Raindrop Inlay procedure lasts around 10 minutes. People who have gone through this procedure generally see results within only one week.
Revision Optics calls the transparent inlay implanted into the eye a "Raindrop." They chose this name because each inlay is 80 percent water. Members of the Revision Optics team say their inlay is just like a soft contact lens.
Doctors across the USA are describing Raindrop as the "Holy Grail of refractive surgery." Dr. Mark Whitten, of Whitten Laser Eye in Washington D.C., told reporters he has had great success using the Raindrop procedure on his presbyopia patients.
Although many Americans are unaware of this surgical procedure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Raindrop on June 29th of last year. Revision Optics says ideal candidates for this procedure will be between the ages of 41-65, have no symptoms of dry eye syndrome, have decent distance vision, and need reading glasses or multifocal contact lenses for items nearby.
Whitten is one of the first major doctors in the USA to fully embrace Raindrop in his practice. He told reporters he hopes his patients' success stories will help raise awareness of the Raindrop procedure as a viable option for people struggling with farsightedness. In addition to his home office in D.C., he also performs Raindrop in Richmond and Charlotte Hay, Maryland.
The loss of near term vision, officially called presbyopia, is an unfortunate part of the aging process. Most people start developing presbyopia between their 40s or 50s. The most common solution to this problem is to use either nonprescription reading glasses or bifocals. Although these glasses work, they are often cumbersome and inconvenient for many patients. Presbyopia currently affects 3 million Americans each year.
Before Raindrop, Dr. Whitten said laser eye surgeons had no procedures that could correct reading vision without the loss of distance correction. With Raindrop, however, Dr. Whitten says he can "get both done at the same time."
Most insurance policies don't cover Raindrop Inlay surgical procedures. Insurance companies nowadays consider vision correction surgery purely cosmetic. Interested patients should expect to pay around $4,000 for the Raindrop procedure.
Anyone who wants to find out where the closest Raindrop Inlay practitioner is to them in the USA can simply head on over to Revision Optics website. Revision Optics has an official "Locate a Raindrop Physician" function powered by Google Maps. After typing in your home zip code, a bunch of Raindrop practitioners near you should show up on the map.
Will Revision Optics come to the UK? Revision Optics has been focused on developing optical solutions for presbyopia for years. Employees at Revision Optics are now interested in getting regulatory approvals for Raindrop Inlay across the globe.