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 it is designed to help reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The outpatient procedure takes about 10 minutes and patients return to most of their daily activities the next day. Raindrop® is receiving a great deal of interest with the recent FDA approval in June of 2016. But how does it work? Who is it right for? EyeSight Hawaii understands that many people have questions about Raindrop®, so we’re helping by providing some answers to frequently asked questions.
Who should consider 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. 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. Click here to take the Raindrop® survey to see if you are 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. Everyone — yes, everyone — will eventually develop presbyopia.
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.1
What is the inlay, exactly?
It is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. It is comprised of approximately 80 percent water and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye. It works by gently changing the central curvature of the cornea, clear front part of the eye.
How long does it take?
The procedure is complete in 10 minutes, usually.
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?
No, it is designed to be performed without LASIK. The procedure does require the 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 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.
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.
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 light passes through the inlay reaches the back of the eye where the image is processed.1 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.1
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
The Raindrop® procedure is currently not covered by insurance since it has recently been FDA-approved. The procedure will be an out-of-pocket expense. Please call our office at 808-735-1935 for the total out-of-pocket cost of the procedure.
How can I find out more?
We, at EyeSight Hawaii, will be glad to answer your questions. Find out if you are a candidate for the procedure by calling our office at 808-735-1935 to schedule a complimentary consultation. You may also take the Raindrop® survey. Click here to find out more about the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay procedure and Presbyopia.
- Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Prescribing Label, ReVision Optics, Inc.Please see Professional Use Information and/or Patient Information Brochure for a complete list of Potential Risks, Warnings and Precautions. www.raindropinlay.com