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First Author: C.Verdoorn THE NETHERLANDS
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To asses the safety and efficacy of the raindrop corneal inlay in the treatment of presbyopia
All patients were operated in the LASIK Centrum Oogkliniek , Boxtel The Netherlands by one surgeon C. Verdoorn
After creating a corneal flap of 150 microns and 8 mm dia with the 150 kHz Intralase femtosecond laser the flap is lifted in a single motion and excimer laser ablation target +0.5 D is performed. Dry technique to remove debris and the inlay is delivered in a single motion. Centration of the inlay centre of the pupil and reposition flap very little BSS in the interface to prevent decentration. Dry technique. The post op regimen of steroid eyedrops is essential to prevent rejection of the inlay. Visual acuity for far and near is followed-up for at least 6 months.
At one week 75% of the patients could see J1or better for near all subjects were able to see J3 or better. At one month 80% of patients could see J1 or better for near. Near vision remained stable and all patients could see J3 or better while binocular distance vision was unimpaired.
In this limited series of 10 patients the raindrop near vision inlay provides an improvement in near vision functionality. Binocular distance vision was not impaired. Although the surgical technique is straightforward the technique has a learning curve it is not simply LASIK. The outcomes demonstrate that the raindrop is a viable tool for the correction of presbypia.