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.
Age related near vision loss, or presbyopia, is caused by a naturally occurring loss of elasticity in the eye. When the lens inside of your eye loses elasticity it becomes difficult for your eye to refocus on objects that are up close, making everyday tasks like reading menus or your phone a challenge.
The most common solution for those suffering presbyopia is reading glasses. While reading glasses are generally an inexpensive way to treat the loss of near vision, continually having to upgrade reading glass strength and losing eyewear can actually be costly in the long run. This can also be a maintenance heavy solution, as scrambling to find and remember eyewear can be frustrating.
Finally, an option for correcting near vision
Patients who experience great distance vision but still struggle with their reading glasses for up close tasks, now may qualify for our Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure. Raindrop is designed to improve near and intermediate vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses.
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Procedure
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is implanted into the cornea during an outpatient procedure. Similar to a common LASIK procedure, a specialized laser is used to create a flap in the cornea. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea. The flap is self-sealed back in place. The surgery typically takes 10 minutes to complete. Most patients return to their normal activities the next day.
What is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
The Raindrop Vision Inlay is a clear, round device that is implanted into your cornea. It is 2 millimeters in diameter (the size of a pinhead) and less than half the thickness of a human hair. It cannot be seen in the eye.
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is made of a water-based material called a hydrogel, commonly used in soft contact lenses. It works by gently reshaping the curvature of the cornea so that it can more strongly focus light entering the eye. Unlike intraocular lenses that are implanted in both eyes, the inlay is only implanted in one eye.