The Raindrop inlay looks and feels similar to a contact lens, but is much smaller and thinner. It is completely clear and comprised of approximately 80 percent water. It works by gently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear front portion of the eye. It is bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye.
The procedure is a two-step process. The first step is the same as it is during our LASIK procedure; a small flap is created in the cornea using a laser. Then, the Raindrop inlay is gently placed under the flap, and the flap is closed to naturally self-seal. See “What to Expect” for more details and view the animation below.
The Raindrop corneal inlay is only about the size of a pinhead (see comparison to penny below) at just 2 mm in diameter and is 3 times thinner than a sheet of printer paper. The inlay is placed just beneath the surface of your non-dominant eye in a 10-minute outpatient procedure.
- How it Works
- What to Expect
- The Recovery
How it Works
The Raindrop Inlay is inserted in the non-dominant eye, allowing the eyes to work together for clear vision up close and at a distance. It works by gently changing the shape of the cornea in the implanted eye to improve near vision.
The Raindrop corneal inlay procedure takes only about 10 minutes, and our surgeons perform it in our office. During the procedure, you will be awake and alert. Your surgeon will use numbing drops in the eye to be sure you are comfortable, and he/she will use a laser to create a small flap in the surface of just one eye (cornea). The Raindrop inlay is then placed within the opening.
What to Expect
After the procedure, your eye might feel slightly irritated or scratchy and may be sensitive to light or tear excessively. Don’t worry; these symptoms will resolve and you will be given medications that will help ease these symptoms. Don’t forget, you will not be able to drive right after the procedure, so you will need to bring someone with you to drive you home.
Most patients resume normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. You should avoid using reading glasses and keep all follow-up appointments with the doctor. Be sure to take all prescribed medications, including artificial tears to avoid developing dry eye. The Raindrop corneal inlay can be safely removed if necessary.
As with any surgical procedure, it is critical to follow your doctor’s instructions. Vision improvement and healing time is different for everyone. Most patients who have had Raindrop gain five lines of near vision on an eye chart without the need for reading glasses within one week. And their vision continues to improve for several weeks.