Raindrop Near Vision Inlay
Finding your readers to see a menu, then taking them off to order, putting them on to check your phone, taking them off to talk to someone across the table. Sound familiar? These inconveniences add up when you’re dealing with the hassle day in and day out. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay may be your solution.
Raindrop is a small, transparent disk called an inlay which is used for Presbyopia correction.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is natural, age related loss of near vision that happens to everyone. Some people will need to start treating it earlier than others, and most people over 40 will find themselves seeking solutions for age related near vision loss. While there are several treatment options for presbyopia, the most common is reading glasses. The hassle and inconvenience of readers is driving many patients to look for a better way to improve their near vision without glasses. Raindrop might be the solution you have been looking for to set down your readers, for good!
Watch how Raindrop works.
Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a microscopic, transparent disc called an inlay, which is implanted just beneath the surface of your eye. The inlay is made of approximately 80% water and works by reshaping the cornea, clear front part of your eye, to improve the ability to focus on near objects while minimally impacting distance vision.
What to expect.
In preparation for your procedure you will be given a prescriptions for eye drops. The procedure only takes about 10 minutes, and is performed with a laser similar to LASIK. Recovery is quick, with many patients resuming normal activities the next day. After the procedure, patients will use eye drops for several months for comfort and healing. Patients see an improvement in vision within one week and will continue to improve for several weeks, with the majority (>87%) of patients achieving 20/25 near vision or better.
What is the inlay?
It is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead, that is placed just beneath the surface of the eye. It works by gently changing the central curvature of the cornea, the clear front lens of the eye. Raindrop is comprised of approximately 80 percent water and made of a soft, biocompatible material called hydrogel, which has similar properties and water content as the cornea.
Is it painful?
Numbing drops are given for the procedure, and most patients do not experience any pain.
Does it interfere with far vision?
While Raindrop is implanted in one eye only, both eyes work together to create one image. The Raindrop eye provides an improvement in near vision associated with a slight decrease in distance vision. With both eyes working together there is no compromise for distance vision and patients still have a significant improvement in near vision.
Is it safe for the eye?
The FDA approved Raindrop in the United States on June 29th, 2016. Extensive trials and usage have shown that the Raindrop is safe for use, as it is bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye.
Can the inlay be removed if necessary?
Yes, the Raindrop inlay can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before Raindrop.
How does it work in low light?
Since Raindrop is transparent, 99.7% of light that passes through the inlay reaches the back of the eye where the image is processed; which allows for great visibility in all lighting conditions.
What is the procedure like?
The Raindrop procedure is easily done as an outpatient procedure and can be done in about 10 minutes. Patients should be driven home after the procedure and should take it easy the rest of the day. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the next day. Many people who have had the Raindrop implanted, see improvement in their near vision within one week and see continual improvement for several weeks.
Am I a candidate for Raindrop?
You might be a candidate for Raindrop if:
- You are between 41 – 65 years of age
- Wear reading glasses
- Experience blurry vision when reading or focusing on near objects
- Do not need corrective eyewear to see far away