Raindrop FAQ’s

Common Questions About the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay

Who should consider the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
Age related loss of near vision (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.

What causes this condition?
Presbyopia (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 1 week and it continues to improve for several weeks. Patients need to use eye drops for several months for comfort and healing.

What is the inlay, exactly?
It is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. It is comprised of approximately 80% water and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye. It works by gently changing the central curvature of the cornea, the 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; 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 distance vision 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.

How does it work in low light?
Very well. Since Raindrop is transparent, 99.7% of 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.

How can I find out more?
The experts at Bowden Eye & Associates will be glad to answer your questions. Give us a call at (904) 296-0098.
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