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.
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.
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?
It is easily 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. Patients need to use eye drops for several months after the procedure for comfort and healing.
Is it painful?
Numbing drops are given for the procedure, but most patients do not experience any pain.
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.
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. Patients need to use eye drops for several months for comfort and healing.
Can the inlay ever be removed?
Yes, the Raindrop can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before Raindrop.