FAQ’s : Raindrop Near Vision Inlay


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.


Am I a candidate for 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. 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. 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 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 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 procedure like?
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is performed in a Lasik-like procedure that 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.


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.


How effective is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure?
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. Patients need to use eye drops for several months for comfort and healing.


Is this procedure reversible?
Yes, the Raindrop can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before Raindrop.


Learn more about the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay or schedule your free screening by calling our office at (717) 767-2000.