What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that results in gradual loss of near vision.  As we age, the lens of our eye loses elasticity and begins to harden.  This results in a lessened ability to focus on objects up close.

Presbyopia most commonly begins to become noticeable in your mid to late 40’s. Common symptoms include the need to hold phones, newspapers, and books at arms-length in order to read them, and generally blurry vision when trying to focus on objects up close. Most patients use reading glasses in order to combat the effects of presbyopia.

Presbyopia differs from farsightedness.  Farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and the like are all conditions that occur because of the shape of your eye’s lens.

There is nothing you can do to prevent presbyopia from occurring, it is a natural part of the aging process. Presbyopia will also persist over your lifetime, so if your solution to combating the effects of presbyopia is to use reading glasses or contacts, you may need to occasionally adjust your eyewear.

Is There a Treatment Other Than Reading Glasses for My Presbyopia?


Previously, the only solution to presbyopia was reading glasses or contacts but the latest advancement, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, provides a solution to those tired of wearing reading glasses.

You can now live your life with better near vision and free of glasses.

What is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a procedure in which a tiny transparent disc, made up of about 80 percent water, is implanted into your eye to improve your near vision and counter presbyopia.

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay works by reshaping the cornea, the front part of your eye that helps to focus your vision. The inlay is implanted below the surface of your eye during a short ten minute procedure.

The procedure is an outpatient procedure in which a surgeon will use a laser to create a small flap in the surface of the cornea.  Your Raindrop Near Vision Inlay will then be implanted using this laser-cut flap.

How Does the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Work?

The inlay is only implanted in one eye- the non-dominant eye.  The inlay reshapes the curvature of the cornea, allowing your eyes to focus on near objects with ease.

The inlay allows for better reading vision without taking away significant distance vision.

Who Are Candidates?

The procedure is best for patients in their 40’s and 50’s suffering from the effects of presbyopia. The only way to discover if this procedure is appropriate for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation and comprehensive eye exam.  During this exam, your doctor will ensure that the unique characteristics of your eye are right for this procedure, and review any pre-existing eye conditions that could affect your eligibility.

What Are The Recovery and Results Like?

The procedure is an out-patient procedure performed with some numbing drops applied to the eye.  After the procedure, patients are typically able to return to work or their daily activities within a day or so.

Results can be experienced almost immediately after your procedure.  This FDA-approved procedure carries minimal risks and reports of complications.

In addition to being a safe, sure solution to the effects of presbyopia, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is also removable.  In the event that you are unhappy with the changes in vision that result from a Raindrop procedure, they may be reversed.

Ready to Learn More About the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?

If you’re ready to take charge of your vision and want to learn more about this presbyopia correction, contact the trusted team of experts at LaserVue Eye Center.  Call one of our offices or schedule your complimentary consultation online today.