Frequently Asked Questions
What is new about this implant and procedure?
Raindrop is the world’s first inlay to change the shape of the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) to improve near vision and is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The outpatient procedure takes about 10-minutes and patients are able to resume most normal activities the next day. Raindrop is incredibly small – about the size of a pinhead and less than half the thickness of a human hair – and is bioengineered to mimic the natural cornea. It is made of a soft, biocompatible material, similar to a soft contact lens, comprising of approximately 80 percent water.
Who should consider the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
Age related loss of near vision or presbyopia is the condition that leaves many of us reaching for reading glasses in our 40s and early 50s. Anybody who needs reading glasses for daily tasks, such as using mobile phones, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work, may be a candidate.
How common is presbyopia?
Presbyopia, the condition that decreases your eyes’ ability to focus on near objects, affects more than a billion people in the world, according to the Archives of Ophthalmology. Everyone eventually develops presbyopia. It affects most people in their 40s and early 50s.
What causes this condition?
Presbyopia, or age-related loss of near vision, happens when your lens loses elasticity, making it difficult to change your focus to see objects up close.
How does the procedure work?
Raindrop works by gently changing the shape of the cornea. One Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea of the non-dominant eye. Both eyes work together to create one image. The near vision is improved in the Raindrop eye, while the distance is only slightly affected. With both eyes working together, there is not a compromise for distance vision and patients still have a significant improvement in near vision.
What is the Raindrop, exactly?
It is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. It is comprised of approximately 80 percent water and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye. It works by gently changing the central curvature of the cornea, the clear front part of the eye.
What is the procedure like?
The Raindrop procedure is done in the doctor’s LASIK suite and takes about 10-minutes. Patients should be driven home after the procedure and should take it easy the rest of the day. Most patients return to normal activity the next day. Most people who have had the Raindrop implanted see an improvement in their near vision by one week and it continues to improve for several weeks.1 Patients need to use eye drops for several months after the procedure for comfort and healing.
How long does it take?
The procedure is typically completed in 10 minutes.
Is it painful?
Numbing drops are given for the procedure, but most patients do not experience any pain.
Will people know I am wearing one?
No. It is transparent, so no one will notice the Raindrop Inlay in your eye.
Is it safe for the eye?
Extensive trials and usage show that it is safe. This was confirmed by the US FDA. Raindrop is bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye.
Does it interfere with far vision?
One Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea of the non-dominant eye. Both eyes work together to create one image. The near vision is improved in the Raindrop eye, while the distance is only slightly affected. With both eyes working together, there is not a compromise for distance vision and patients still have a significant improvement in near vision.
How does it work in low light?
Very well. Since Raindrop is transparent, 99.7% of light passes through the Inlay reaching the back of the eye where the image is processed.1 Raindrop offers patients good performance in all lighting conditions.
Does it have to be done with LASIK?
No, it is designed to be performed without LASIK. The procedure does require the use of an ophthalmic laser to create a LASIK-like flap just beneath the surface of the eye.
How effective is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure?
In the FDA clinical study, within one week after the procedure, patients on average gained 5 lines of near vision on an eye chart without the need for reading glasses. Their vision continued to improve over the next several weeks and months.1
Can the inlay ever be removed?
Yes, the Raindrop can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before Raindrop.1
Contemplating Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
Contact us today to schedule your free Raindrop consultation to see if you’re a candidate. Call 877-DR4-2020 or click here to request your appointment.