The Raindrop Procedure
The Raindrop Procedure
During your Raindrop evaluation, Dr. Maria Scott will determine if you are a candidate for the Raindrop procedure through a series of tests and measurements of your eyes. If you are determined to be eligible for the Raindrop procedure, Dr. Scott will have you trial a removable contact lens in your non-dominant eye during your office visit to simulate the effects of the Raindrop. Since the Raindrop is only inserted into one eye, it is important to evaluate that your eyes will adapt and work together to give you near, intermediate and distance vision. If you adjust well to the trial, you will be scheduled for surgery.
The Raindrop Procedure is much like getting LASIK. Once scheduled, you will be required to use a steroid eye drop for two days prior to surgery. On the day of surgery, you will be given numbing eye drops in the operative eye, which is the non-dominant eye. During the procedure, that takes about ten minutes, you may feel pressure, but you should not feel any pain.
To insert the Raindrop, you will be positioned on your back. Dr. Scott will use a laser, similar to that used for LASIK surgery, to create a flap in the cornea. Once the flap is created, the Raindrop will be inserted into the middle layer of the cornea. Dr. Scott then replaces the flap and the procedure is complete. Stitches are not typically needed.
To ensure that you do not rub your eyes while sleeping, which could move the flap and affect proper healing, you will be required to wear an eye shield at night for up to four weeks. Dr. Scott will also prescribe steroid and antibiotic eye drops, as well as artificial tears for the operative eye to reduce the risk of infection, inflammation and dry eye. The surgical team will also review a list of restrictions to help ensure proper healing. These include not rubbing the eye, playing sports, exercising, swimming, gardening, smoking, wearing make-up, and avoiding dusty environments for at least one week following the procedure. In most cases, patients return to normal activities with the exception of the restrictions, the day following surgery. You will be scheduled for a series of post-operative visits including an appointment the day after surgery, one week later, one month and every six months.
You will be required to have a driver the day of surgery, as you will not be cleared to drive that day.
According to ReVisionOptics.com, the company that developed the Raindrop Near Vision Corneal Inlay, patients see an improvement in vision within one week and vision continues to improve for several weeks, with the majority (>87%) of patients achieving 20/25 near vision or better.
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.
Maria Scott, M.D.