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What is Presbyopia or Near Vision Loss?

As we age, our ability to focus on “near” objects steadily decreases over time and is referred to as presbyopia. When we are young, the lens in the eye is soft and changes shape easily which allows us to focus on objects that are both close and far away with the help of a surrounding muscle. Unfortunately, when we age, the lens becomes much more rigid and stiff. Since the lens is not able to change shape as easily anymore, it is much more difficult to read or focus at a close range. This is why presbyopia leaves the majority of us over the age of 40 rather frustrated from constantly having to reach for reading glasses.

What is Raindrop?

The Raindrop is a near vision corneal inlay that was FDA approved in June of 2016. The Raindrop is a tiny transparent disc, which is called an inlay. It is made from hydrogel material that is similar to that of a soft contact lens. It is indicated for patients between 41 and 65 years old who have difficulty focusing on near objects, small print, or require reading glasses. Dr. Bley offers the Raindrop procedure in our Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

The Raindrop Inlay:

–          Improves near vision by reshaping the cornea

–          Is a quick in-office procedure with fast results

–          Eliminates the need for reading glasses

–          Is so safe, you are more likely to get an infection from everyday contact wear

–          Is removable

How does Raindrop work?

The inlay changes the shapes of the cornea and it is bio-engineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye. The Raindrop inlay has a 2mm diameter and is approximately 3 times thinner than a sheet of paper.

Raindrop Procedure

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure takes less than 10 minutes to perform in our office. During the procedure, you will be awake and fully alert. To implant the device, a laser is used to create a flap in the cornea of the patient’s non-dominant eye. The Raindrop inlay will be placed on the cornea and then the flap is laid back into position.  The inlay provides a steeper surface that can help the eye focus on near objects. By reshaping the curvature of the cornea, the Raindrop inlay improves near vision without significantly decreasing distance vision. After surgery, most patients resume normal activities within 24 to 48 hours.


Ask the Team at NY LASIK if Raindrop is Right for you!