Tiny implant could replace glasses

A revolutionary new implant, no larger than a pinhead, may mean that your reading glasses could become a thing of the past.

The implant, know as Raindrop, was invented in the US. It is a tiny ring which is placed beneath the eye’s surface. It works by increasing the curvature of the cornea, which allows the eye to focus properly again. Raindrop is made of hydrogel, a substance which is used in contact lenses. The implant is inserted using a virtually painless laser procedure, which lasts around 10-15 minutes.

The first operations, undertaken at a clinic in Britain, have already been successful.

Lynda Marenghi was the first person in the UK to have the life-changing operation. Mrs Marenghi said that it was delightful not to have to dig around in her handbag for her spectacles all the time.

“For the first time in 10 years I no longer need glasses,” she said.

Ophthalmic surgeon, Mark Wevill, said: “Raindrop can’t stop eyes from ageing but it can help correct the natural deterioration.”

“It appears to be the perfect long-term solution for people whose eyes are simply getting tired with age.”

More than 80 per cent of those who have had the implant are now able to read a newspaper without glasses.

If you’re interested you can read more on Daily Express.