Presbyopia

Loss of Lens Elasticity

The lens of a youthful eye is flexible and can respond to the eye’s muscles to change shape (“accommodate”), becoming thicker to see near objects clearly. Over time, the eye’s lens gradually loses its elasticity and its ability to change shape to see close objects. Bifocals or reading glasses are the traditional prescription for remedying this presbyopic loss of accommodation, but recent technology makes it possible to replace the inflexible lens for a lifestyle lens for clear vision at all distances.

Treatment to reduce your need for reading glasses

The constant hassle of having to take readers on and off can really get in the way of your daily activities. Our Hollingshead Eye Center surgeons now offer yet another quick, long-term solution for presbyopic patients looking to reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses. It is called Raindrop, and it is one of the latest advances in presbyopic eye care technology.

In the same way an image appears magnified when viewed through a droplet of water, the Raindrop lens works to improve near and intermediate vision. A small transparent disc with properties and water content similar to the cornea, Raindrop is placed in the cornea in a quick 5- to 10-minute, LASIK-like procedure. The Raindrop eye provides an improvement in near vision, while the unchanged eye is used to focus on distant objects. With both eyes working together to create one image, patients enjoy a significant improvement in near vision while retaining distance vision.

To learn more about the Raindrop procedure at Hollingshead Eye Center, call (208) 336-8700.

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