Virginia Beach Practice is First in Commonwealth to Offer the Procedure
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – As part of her job, Trish Stauffer sees new things every day: the latest in eyeglass fashion, new corrective surgical techniques, and new types of contacts. After all, that IS her job – Stauffer is the Clinical Director at Beach Eye Care in Virginia Beach.
But working at an eye care practice doesn’t insulate someone from the effects of Father Time. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process that decreases the ability of the eye to focus on near objects; it affects more than 150 million Americans over the age of 40, according to U.S. Census Bureau. Like many others Stauffer needed corrective lenses—the dreaded readers.
After turning 40, Stauffer’s dependence on readers became quite a burden. “I never liked contact lenses so either wearing a no-line bifocal or taking readers on and off were my only options,” Stauffer said. “So when the Raindrop procedure became available, it sparked my interest.”
Raindrop Near Vision is a novel corneal inlay for the surgical correction of presbyopia, has come on the market and Beach Eye Care is the first and currently only practice in Virginia authorized to provide the procedure. BEC was also the first in Hampton Roads qualified to restore near vision with the new KAMRA inlay.
“This advancement can improve the lives of those who previously struggled with everyday tasks like reading menus or seeing items on their smartphones,” Dr. Peyton Neatrour of BEC. “Over the past two years, our practice has gained more experience in providing presbyopia inlays than anyone else in Eastern Virginia.
“I feel so much younger when out and about in restaurants and shopping, not having to stop to pull out a pair of readers just to see my receipt to sign in a restaurant or to check a price on an item,” said Stauffer.
Developed by ReVision Optics, Inc., a leader in implantable presbyopia-correcting corneal inlay technology, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay has received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company recently announced that 1,000 Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay procedures have been performed since the commercial product launched in August 2016.
“More Americans are seeking out options to reduce the hassle of reading glasses by correcting presbyopia through outpatient procedures,” said John Kilcoyne, president and CEO. “The Raindrop Inlay is clearly a terrific option for those patients wanting to improve near vision and live life with a full range of vision.”
A video on BEC’s website explains and illustrates the procedure through patient testimonials.
FACT SHEET: About the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay
- The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea of the non-dominant eye during a 10-minute procedure.
- The Raindrop is comprised of approximately 80% water and has a refractive index very similar to the cornea. It is transparent and therefore does not restrict the amount of light reaching the retina.
- The inlay is about the size of a pinhead and is less than half the thickness of a human hair. It mimics the properties of the natural cornea and changes the central curvature of the eye to improve near vision.
- The ophthalmic community has embraced the new inlay and ReVision is processing requests for training daily.
- A recent survey of surgeons performing the Raindrop Inlay procedure found them unanimously likely to recommend Raindrop to another surgeon and 94 percent were satisfied with patient outcomes.
In addition to its approval by the U.S. FDA, The Raindrop has:
- Won authorization to affix the CE Mark for the (European Union)
- License approved by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (South Korea)
- Approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia)
- Registered with the Medicines and Medical Safety Authority (New Zealand)
- Other country-specific registrations are pending
About ReVision Optics
ReVision Optics, Inc. focuses on the development and commercialization of innovative optical solutions dedicated to presbyopic vision correction. The company’s Raindrop Near Vision Inlay offers a unique, patented refractive surgery solution. The Raindrop improves near vision that has been lost through the eye’s natural aging process called presbyopia. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay provides a new surgical option for near-vision enhancement.
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