Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay

If you’re frustrated with readers but can’t see without them we now have a simple solution, the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay.

Raindrop is a small, transparent, curved disc called a corneal inlay. It’s made of approximately 80% water and from similar material to a soft contact lens. It is similar to the clear front part of the eye and it is the size of a pinhead and extremely thin. The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay offers a long term solution to near vision loss caused by aging quickly, painlessly and simply, with great results typically seen within one week.

Pepose Vision Institute is proud to be one of the first practices to offer the Raindrop in Missouri and the bi-state area.

The research tells the story.
On average patients see an improvement of 5 lines of near vision on an eye chart within one week of surgery,
without the assistance of reading glasses.

The Raindrop Inlay is a great new solution for Age Related Near Vision Loss

 Age related near vision loss, or presbyopia, is caused by a naturally occurring loss of elasticity in the eye. When the lens inside of your eye loses elasticity it becomes difficult for your eye to refocus on objects that are up close, making everyday tasks like reading menus or your phone a challenge.

As we age near vision issues can happen seemingly overnight, or can be more gradual. More often than not, people compensate by moving hard to see items further away to attempt to focus on smaller print or details. Over time most people suffering from presbyopia need reading glasses to focus on smaller and more detailed objects.

Aging doesn’t have to stop us from doing what we want, and having a clear understanding of the way the human eye ages naturally is important when talking about presbyopia. Over time the lens of your eye hardens making it difficult for your eye to change shape and focus on closer items. Presbyopia happens naturally and can affect anyone over 40.

There are a number of treatment options for those suffering from presbyopia and near vision loss, the most common by far reading glasses. Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is an ideal option for those tired of hassling with reading glasses.

Age related near vision loss or 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 a mobile phone, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work may be a candidate.
A word from Dr. Pepose about the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay

How the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay works

How Does Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay Work?
Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay helps reshape the front of the eye, restoring near vision. The inlay is placed just below the surface of the eye during a simple ten minute procedure. It is placed in the non-dominate eye, offering a long term solution to presbyopia (difficulty reading up close).

The Raindrop Inlay is about the size of a pinhead and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye.

The Raindrop Inlay is tiny
and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye.

Pepose Vision played a key role in the clinical studies to attain approval for the Raindrop Inlay in the United States and is one of the first to offer this procedure in the country.

What to Expect

Prior to Surgery

First we will give you a thorough eye exam and make sure Raindrop is right for you.  Once we determine that you are an eligible candidate we will implant a removable contact lens for five days to make sure you are able to tolerate the difference in vision. If you decide to move forward and schedule a procedure, you will be prescribed a steroid eye drop two days before surgery.

It’s also critical to have travel arrangements scheduled before your procedure as you will not be able to drive home following your surgery.

Day Of Surgery

timerOn the day of your procedure you will be administered a numbing eye drop, so you won’t feel any pain. During the 10 minute procedure you will be laying on your back and focusing on a light, allowing your eye to remain as still as possible. We will will create flap in the cornea with a laser keratome laser cutting device, similar to the first step in LASIK. We will will then insert the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay into the middle layer of the cornea. And finally we will replace the flap, and the procedure is done. The eye heals itself, with no need for stitches.

Post Surgery

There are some simple post procedure guidelines to assure your eye heals safely and as quickly as possible.

You will be required to wear an eye shield at night for up to four weeks to help prevent you from rubbing your eye while you sleep.

You will also be prescribed steroid and antibiotic eyedrops and will also need to use artificial tears in the eye with the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay to help minimize the risk of infection, inflammation and dry eye.


One of the most amazing aspects of Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is that you will be able to resume normal activities the day after your procedure, including driving!

After your surgery you should avoid rubbing your eyes, playing sports, wearing makeup, exercising, smoking, swimming, gardening, and being in dusty environments for at least one week after your procedure. It’s best to check with your eye care provider to determine when you can resume these activities.

As far as checkups are concerned we will see you at one day, one week, one month and every six months post procedure.

What kind of results can you expect from the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?

On average,
patients improve
approximately 5 lines
of near vision
on an eye chart
without readers
within 1 week!

Snellen Eye chart

Comments from actual Raindrop Near Vision Inlay patients

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Questions & Answers

Following are answers to common questions. To learn more about the Raindrop Inlay and see if it’s right for you, please schedule an appointment with us.

Who should consider the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?
Age related near vision loss or 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 a mobile phone, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work may be a candidate.

What causes this condition?
Presbyopia, or 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.

What is the inlay, exactly?
It is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. It is comprised of approximately 80 percent 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 usually takes 10 minutes.

Is it painful?
Numbing drops are given for the procedure, but most patients do not experience any pain.

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 the distance 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.

Will people know I am wearing one?
No. It is transparent, so no one will realize there is a Raindrop in your eye.

How does it work in low light?
Very well. Since Raindrop is transparent 99.7% of light passes through the inlay and reaches the back of the eye where the image is processed. Raindrop offers 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.

What's your next step?

If you are tired of having to hassle with reading glasses, the Raindrop inlay may be a great solution. Please come see us to learn more. Our experienced doctors will use advanced diagnostics to determine if Raindrop is right for you, answer all your questions and provide you with all your options.

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