Who should consider the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay?

Near vision loss or presbyopia is the condition that leaves many people looking for their reading glasses in their 40s and 50s. Anybody who needs reading glasses for daily tasks such as using a mobile phone, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work may be a candidate.

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 effective is the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay procedure?

Most patients who have the Raindrop® implanted see improvements in their near vision within one week. Vision will continue to improve over the following weeks. For comfort and healing patients will need to use eye drops for several months.

What is the inlay, exactly?

Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. It is comprised of 80 percent water and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye.

How long does it take?

Generally, the procedure takes around 10 minutes.

Is it painful?

Numbing drops are given for the procedure, but most patients do not experience any pain.

Does it have to be done with LASIK?

Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is designed to be performed without LASIK. The procedure does require use of an ophthalmic laser to create a LASIK-like flap just beneath the surface of the eye.

What is the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay made of?

It is a soft, biocompatible material, similar to a soft contact lens, which has similar properties and water content as the cornea.

Does it interfere with far vision?

One Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea of the non-dominant eye. Both eye’s work together to create one image. The near vision is improved in the Raindrop® eye while 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.

Is it safe for the eye?

Extensive clinical 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.

Will people know I am wearing one?

No. It is transparent, so no one will realize there is a Raindrop® in your eye.

How does it work in low light?

Very well. Since Raindrop® is transparent, 99.7% of the light passing through the inlay reaches the back of the eye where the image is processed. Raindrop® offers patients good performance in all lighting conditions.

Can the inlay ever be removed?

Yes, the Raindrop® can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before Raindrop.