There are certain things that everyone will inevitably experience as a result of the aging process. One of these is getting reading glasses. The need for reading glasses later in life is caused by presbyopia, an age-related vision condition that affects your ability to see close-up images clearly.
Most people develop presbyopia at some point between the ages of 40 and 50. The condition can be a hassle, requiring you to carry reading glasses with you all the time. Fortunately, there are procedures available that can be performed to eliminate the hassles associated with reading glasses once and for all.
Dr. Daniel Sambursky is proud to offer Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay, the latest and most advanced treatment allowing individuals with presbyopia to be able to see up close without glasses. You can find out whether this procedure is right for you by speaking with Dr. Sambursky in person. Please call (607) 821-4455 today to schedule a consultation at our Binghamton office.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition impacting your ability to see close objects clearly. It is different from refractive vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, which are caused by irregularities to the shape of your cornea. Instead, presbyopia is caused by a gradual thickening and loss of flexibility in your eye’s lens.
This loss of elasticity is caused by a change in the proteins in your eye’s lens, making them harder as you get older. In addition, the muscle fibers surrounding the lens change as you age, making this loss of flexibility even more pronounced. As a result, your eye experiences greater difficulty focusing on up-close objects.
The most common warning sign that you may be developing presbyopia is a need to hold books, menus, magazines, and other printed materials at arm’s length in order to see them clearly. In addition, people with presbyopia often experience headaches, eye strain or fatigue when performing tasks requiring the use of near vision, such as writing, sewing, reading or working on a computer.
Presbyopia Treatment with Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay
The Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay is a clear circular implant that is made of a similar material to soft contact lenses and possesses optical characteristics that mimic the human cornea. The inlay gets implanted underneath the surface of your non-dominant eye in order to reshape the curvature of your cornea, allowing you to focus light entering the eye more easily. Once implanted in your eye, the Raindrop inlay will not be seen or felt, ensuring maximum comfort.
Dr. Sambursky will implant the Raindrop inlay during an outpatient procedure. Just as with LASIK, a laser is used to cut a thin, circular flap in your cornea. Dr. Sambursky will lift this flap and insert the Raindrop inlay. Once it has adhered to your eye, the flap is closed. The entire procedure is completed in less than 15 minutes, and you can usually resume normal activities the following day.
Clinical studies of the Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay have demonstrated that this procedure achieves excellent results:
- Most patients were able to perform near vision tasks such as reading without the need for eyeglasses 6 months after their procedure
- Most patients also didn’t need reading glasses to perform intermediate vision tasks such as reading a computer screen
- 92% of patients had uncorrected vision of 20/40 or better, which typically will not require the use of reading glasses
Contact our Binghamton Ophthalmologist
If you would like to find out whether you’re a good candidate for the Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay, please contact Dr. Daniel Sambursky using the form on this page or call (607) 821-4455 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Binghamton, Elmira, Corning and Ithaca, New York.