Annapolis-based Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center is now offering Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay, the world’s first inlay to change the shape of the cornea and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. Chesapeake Eye Care Medical Director and Founder Dr. Maria Scott became the first ophthalmologist in Anne Arundel County to perform the surgery when she introduced it earlier this summer.
Raindrop offers patients suffering age-related loss of near vision a tested, FDA-approved option that offers a long-term vision improvement that performs in all lighting conditions and does not compromise distance vision. The procedure can be reversed with most patients going back to their pre-Raindrop vision.
“After analyzing results from patients across the country who have experienced the benefits of Raindrop, we are confident this new procedure is a truly a breakthrough for those who have difficulty seeing and reading without corrective lenses,” said Dr. Scott.
Dr. Scott has completed over 15,000 refractive procedures. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is an outpatient procedure that takes about 10 minutes and most patients resume normal activities the following day. Within one week of the procedure, patients on average saw a gain of five lines of near vision on an eye chart without the need for reading glasses. Patients also report they experience continued improvements in subsequent weeks.
Many patients turned to Dr. Scott to perform their Raindrop implants because of her reputation within the medical community, her vast experience with similar bladeless procedures such as LASIK and her commitment to introducing new surgical options only after they meet her high standards for patient outcomes.
Chesapeake Eye Care patient Cynthia B. is delighted that Raindrop allowed her to regain her near vision for everyday tasks. “For years, I had been seeking an alternative to my reading glasses. Dr. Scott advised me there was new technology on the horizon, but she wanted to thoroughly evaluate the data and results before moving forward. When she called to say the Raindrop procedure was available, my immediate response was ‘Sign me up!’ The procedure was minimally invasive and within days I noticed an improvement. How awesome is that?”
About one-third of the people in the U.S. suffer from presbyopia – the loss of near vision as one ages. Most people begin to rely on reading glasses when they are in their 40s or early 50s. It is estimated that 21 million people who fit within the refractive range of -0.5 D to +1.0 D may be candidates for Raindrop. The best candidates for the surgery are between 41 and 65, use reading glasses, have healthy eyes and have not had a previous eye surgery such as LASIK.
In the two decades since its founding, Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center has grown to include a team of specialized doctors, surgeons and medical professionals who perform a full range of vision care procedures as well as oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Located in Annapolis in the Sajak Pavilion on the campus of the Anne Arundel Medical Center, the practice’s reputation for quality and personal attention, and its ability to offer the latest procedures and leading-edge surgical techniques, has made it a top choice of patients and members of the medical community. Dr. Scott is a member of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and is also a member of the prestigious Society for Excellence in Eyecare, an organization of eye care specialists personally selected and recognized for their leadership and innovation.