What is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
Raindrop is a soft hydro-gel corneal inlay that is only 2 mm in diameter and wafer thin at 30 microns thick. A small transparent disc, made of approximately 80% water and from similar material to a soft contact lens.
What does it do?
The Raindrop inlay is designed to improve your near and intermediate vision. It reduces your need for reading glasses without LASIK or contact lenses.
How does it work?
A femtosecond laser is used to make a small flap in the cornea and the Raindrop inlay is placed underneath the flap which heals on its own. The procedure takes about 10 minutes to perform with minimal discomfort, and you may return to work the next day. Your reading begins to improve a week after the procedure and can continue to improve for up to 6 months afterward. The implant does not need any maintenance and does not need to be replaced. If there are any problems with the Raindrop Inlay, it can be removed easily. Raindrop is only placed in one eye and it us mostly the non-dominant eye.
Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Results
The results to date have been encouraging. After one year, 93% (93 out of 100) of patients achieved 20/25 at near and 97% (97 out of 100) were around 20/30 at near. Nobody has had a significant loss of Binocular distance vision.
After two years, the mean gain in near vision was 5 lines of improvement at the near (books) and 2.5 lines of improvement at the intermediate (computer screen/dashboard).
Am I a candidate?
You must be 41-65 years old, have had no previous cataract surgeries, no personal history of glaucoma and no previous LASIK/PRK. You should also need reading glasses for near work to benefit from Raindrop. There are other measurements and scans that will need to be done to determine if you are a candidate.