Clinical Trials

The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay Clinical Trial

Raindrop Inlay for Presbyopia in HawaiiDr. Olkowski is one of a select group of doctors who have evaluated a 15-minute outpatient procedure designed to improve near vision and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The procedure uses the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay (previously known as The PresbyLens® Corneal Inlay), and has been offered as part of a new clinical trials study. Now, it is is the process of getting FDA approved.

The Raindrop® is a clear circular implant – like a tiny contact lens – that is implanted just beneath the surface of the eye. It is 2 millimeters in diameter (the size of a pinhead) and less than half the thickness of a human hair. The lens is designed so that it cannot be seen or felt once in place.

The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay Procedure

The Raindrop® is implanted just beneath the surface of the eye during an outpatient procedure. Similar to the common LASIK procedure, a specialized laser is used to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. The flap is lifted and the Raindrop® is laid in place and allowed to adhere. Once the lens adheres, the flap is closed and the surgery is complete. The Raindrop® procedure is typically performed in less than 15 minutes, with most patients returning to their normal activities the day after their procedure.

About Presbyopia

If you need reading glasses, it may be because you have presbyopia – a naturally occurring loss of near vision that affects millions of people everyday. Like grey hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is considered a normal part of the aging process. The first symptoms usually occur between the ages of 40 – 50. However, the ability to focus on near objects declines throughout life, and generally levels off near the age of 60.

Presbyopia is believed to be caused by the gradual loss of elasticity, or flexibility, of the eye’s natural lens. As the lens loses its flexibility over time, the eye has a harder time focusing up close.

The onset of presbyopia is noticeable when you need to hold books, menus, and other fine print items at arm’s length in order to read them. As a result, people with presbyopia depend on reading glasses, contact lenses, or other solutions to help them see up close.

How to participate in the clinical trial

The clinical trial period has closed. The Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is now FDA approved. Click here for more information about the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay at EyeSight Hawaii.