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New option to improve vision helps those with reading glasses

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More than 111 million people in the United States have Presbyopia, an eye condition that gets worse with age.

"Everyone over about 45 years of age begins to lose their reading vision and has to start holding things further and further away.  Then ultimately break down and have to start wearing reading glasses or bifocals." explained Ophthalmologist at Eyesight Hawaii, John Olkowski. 

It's a problem Paulette Ito deals with one a daily basis. 

"I have readers all over the house, in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the bathroom. Everywhere." said Ito. 

The remedies include something many of us are already familiar with, Monovision Lasik.

"With traditional Lasik for the last 18 years, we would do one eye set for far and one eye set for near. So, with both eyes open you can see far and you can read." said Olkowski.
Doctor Olkowski explained now, there's a better solution called Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. 

"It creates a multi-focal eye or a multi-focal cornea so that patients can have their reading vision restored again." said Olkowski. 

Approved by the FDA last year, the ten minute surgery involves one eye only.

"The advantage of the raindrop is that you have far, intermediate, and near all in that non-dominant eye. That's the big difference." explained Olkowski. 

The procedure costs a little under $4,000 and is not covered by insurance.  Olkowski says most people are back to work one day after surgery.

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