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Health Check: Raindrop device corrects near vision

A new procedure may help you ditch your reading glasses. (WJAR)

A new procedure may help you ditch your reading glasses.

Christianne Krupinsky was eager to give it a try to combat her blurry close-up vision known as presbyopia.

Corneal inlays are implanted into the eye’s outermost layer.

"We're definitely going to bring back some of the years and lessen the dependency on reading glasses," said Dr. Shilpa Rose, an ophthalmologist. "That inlay steepens the cornea, so that cornea is now helped."

Dr. Mark Whitten, an eye surgeon says Raindrop Near Vision Inlay was recently FDA-approved and looks promising.

"We'll know more, I guess, years and years from now,” said Whitten. “But I haven't seen a product like this before that actually works this quickly, this good."

An added appeal, the inlay can be removed if a patient experiences complications after the surgery.

"I think in sports, in family, in work, there are a lot of advantages of being free of eye wear," said Mike Gray, who recently had the surgery done.

The current FDA approval of Raindrop is only for patients who have never had procedures like Lasik.

But surgeons can still do the surgery on others. It’s known as off-label use.

"It's a little more complicated when you've had other procedures done,” said Whitten. “So even more experience is necessary, if you will, with surgeons doing that type of procedure."

The surgery itself takes about 10 to 15 minutes, and recovery can take anywhere from several days to weeks.

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