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Lose Your Glasses On Purpose


February 1, 2021 | View PDF

Take a second and count how many pairs of glasses you own. Maybe it's only one pair, and you wear them for distance. Maybe you have prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses, since the latter is necessary living in Florida. You might be one of the lucky few who can see close-up without needing reading glasses. Or, more likely, one of the many with a pair of reading glasses in every room, your car, at work and in your purse, just in case.

However many pairs and types of glasses you have, The Eye Institute of West Florida has a solution to eliminate the hassle of relying on them to see well.

For those Relying on Readers

Blurry vision is nothing new. People have suffered from blurry vision since the beginning of time; however, today we have skilled surgeons and technoloogy to correct blurry vision at any age. Twenty years ago, the only procedure available until you developed cataracts was LASIK. Thanks to advancements within ophthalmology, that is no longer the case.

LASIK is still a viable option for patients between the ages of 18-40, but once you hit 40 your eye begins to change.

One of the most common reasons for blurry vision is presbyopia, which is when the eye's natural lens begins to harden and occurs beginning around age 40. It's part of the aging process and the first signs are typically eyestrain, difficulties seeing well in dim light and trouble focusing on small objects or fine print.

Eventually, the only option is succumbing to reading glasses, and with that ensues new frustrations: never being able to find your readers, constantly fighting the "on, off, on, off " battle and maybe even wearing glasses when you've never needed them before.

Until recently, patients typically waited until they were ready for cataract surgery to correct their presbyopia. Often times, patients weren't ready for cataract surgery until their late 60s or 70s, meaning they had 20 plus years of reading glasses ahead of them.

Even worse, without the advanced technology available today, patients often still relied on reading glasses to see close up after cataract surgery.

Thanks to Revision Optics Raindrop Near Vision Inlay®, this is changing. Raindrop is a first-of-its-kind, FDA approved procedure that corrects near vision, reducing or eliminating your need for reading glasses.

Robert Weinstock, MD, Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at The Eye Institute of West Florida, announced that this revolutionary new procedure is now available exclusively in the Tampa Bay area at The Eye Institute of West Florida. The implantable device reshapes the cornea and is designed to restore the natural range of near vision without compromising distance vision.

"Raindrop is the best option available for people over the age of 40 who find themselves frustrated with the constant battle of 'on, off, on, off,'" Dr. Weinstock explains. "This procedure is really the first of its kind. Until Raindrop was approved, there wasn't a great way to correct near vision without affecting distance vision. It's a major advancement within ophthalmology, and I'm excited to continue seeing amazing results with my patients."

The Raindrop is a hydrogel device, comprised of 80% water and at only two millimeters in diameter, it is smaller than a needle head and half the thickness of a human hair. The material resembles a contact lens and lays in the cornea, focusing light as it comes into your eye.

"The Raindrop is specifically designed not to wear off over time. Even if a patient's near vision continues decreasing, the Raindrop will not lose its strength," Dr. Weinstock adds.

The Eye Institute offers complimentary Raindrop evaluations at each of their locations throughout Tampa Bay.

For those with Blurry Vision

There are a variety of reasons why we need glasses or contacts to see well. As we age, we begin to develop cataracts. Cataracts occur when the eye's crystalline lens begins to cloud as part of the natural aging process. Symptoms can include difficulty reading, colors appearing less vibrant and difficulty driving at night.

With refractive cataract surgery, it is no longer a procedure to simply remove your cataracts and replace them with a standard Intraocular Lens (IOL).

"There are many people who were born with imperfect vision and require glasses or contact lenses to see. Nowadays, we want those people to know that there are procedures available to correct those issues. At The Eye Institute, we perform laser cataract surgery with refractive lens exchanges. In that procedure, we use a laser to remove the damaged lens and replace it with a new lens to correct the vision and give patients freedom from glasses."

One of the most recently FDA approved IOLs, Symfony®, improves vision at multiple distances using new technology called extended depth of focus.

"This lens is very good in providing distance vision and also provides midrange vision without some of the downfalls we see in multifocal lenses," explains Dr. Weinstock.

He continues, "You can get glare and halos from any implant, but in the FDA study, glare and halos reported from the Symfony lens amounted to only three to four percent of patients, which is the same as for a standard monofocal lens implant."

The Symfony lens is also available in a version that corrects astigmatism, so patients who have high astigmatism now have a way of getting out of glasses.

With all the technological advancements available to restore your vision, isn't it time to lose your glasses on purpose?

The Eye Institute of West Florida hosts free educational seminars throughout the year. Call us today to find out more!


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