RAINDROP NEAR VISION INLAY
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a clear device made of a hydrogel material and resembles a tiny contact lens smaller than the eye of a needle. It is indicated for use in patients 41 to 65 years old who, in addition to not having had cataract surgery, are unable to focus clearly on near objects or small print and need reading glasses with +1.50 to +2.50 diopters of power—but do not need glasses or contacts for clear distance vision.
The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is implanted in the patient's nondominant eye through a laser-cut flap in the cornea. When in position, the inlay changes the curvature of the cornea so the front of the eye acts much like a multifocal contact lens.
Successful installation results in reducing dependence on reading glasses, so that the user can more easily engage in everyday tasks such as using a mobile phone, reading store shelf prices and working on a computer.
The inlays are implanted into the cornea either in a laser-created corneal pocket or lamellar corneal flap (similar to LASIK). The inlays can be removed should the patient develop another condition requiring medical treatment.
The procedure takes less than 15 minutes and can be performed in the eye surgeon's office. Sutures are not required, and only topical anesthesia in the form of eye drops is used.