Presbyopia is an eye condition in which a patient finds difficulty to focus on objects at close range. This is a normal condition which mostly occurs after 40 years of age. When you are young, your eye lens are soft and flexible with the ability to quickly change shape in order to focus on both near and far away objects. However, this changes when the lens become more rigid with growing age.
If you are diagnosed with presbyopia, you either need to use reading glasses or get laser treatment for a more permanent solution. The laser treatment is not only expensive, lengthy but also requires reading glasses in dim light. Now a new technique is available that can banish reading glasses forever.
‘Raindrop Corneal Inlay’ is a 10 minute procedure which corrects the near medium vision by changing the shape of the cornea. The painless procedure involves placing a tiny implant just underneath the cornea in an effort to reverse the age-related vision problems.
The procedure is termed raindrop because the tiny implant is a shape of droplet and is made up of hydrogel – a material used in contact lenses. This chemical is 80% water which makes it more compatible than other corneal implants.
The method involves inserting inlay into a flap in the cornea (a clear part at front of eye) through a laser procedure which is virtually painless. The inlay adjusts the curvature of the cornea causing the central portion to become slightly steeper correcting near and medium vision. The patient remains conscious throughout with just anesthetic droplets insertion.
‘Raindrop Corneal Inlay’ cannot stop your eyes from ageing but it can help against worsening eyesight due to ageing. The technique can replace both the laser treatment and contact lenses. The procedure costs £2,495 and will reduce £2.7 billion a year spent on optical products.
It was a relief for Lynda Marenghi, 57, a school bursar from Staffordshire, when she received the treatment for the first time. She explained that this eye condition was driving her mad since she had to squint to try to read. This was problematic because being a school bursar she had to work with computers all the time.
The new method is not yet available on NHS but it has clearly offered a ray of hope to 32 million spectacle wearers in UK.