Raindrop® Corneal Inlay

Understanding Raindrop

What is Raindrop?

Raindrop is a small, transparent disc that is implanted in the cornea. It is made of approximately 80% water, from material similar to that of a soft contact lens.

How Does It Work?

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed just below the surface of the eye, and helps reshape the front of your eye, helping to improve your near, and even intermediate vision quickly and simply. It is designed to reduce your need for reading glasses, and patients typically begin to see results in 1 week.

How Long Does It Last?

Raindrop is intended to be a long-term solution for near vision improvement.

What to Expect

The Procedure

From start to finish, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure will typically take less than 20 minutes.  Numbing drops are used to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel slight pressure while the doctor uses a laser to create a small opening in the cornea. However, it only lasts a few seconds. The inlay is then placed within the opening. Once the numbing drops wear off, your eyes may feel irritated or scratchy and you may also experience tearing or light sensitivity. This is normal. Your doctor will provide medications to help you manage these symptoms.

You will not be able to drive home following the procedure so make arrangements beforehand for a ride.  You should not drive until your doctor tells you that this is okay.


As with any eye surgery, healing is a process.  Adhering to your doctor’s recovery instructions will accelerate your progress.  It is important to remember that the amount and pace of near vision improvement varies by individual.  Most patients see an improvement within the first week.  Near vision usually continues to improve for several months.  Patients may experience some fluctuation in vision after surgery.  This will stabilize as you adapt to the inlay.  Most patients resume normal activities and return to work within 24-48 hours.

To enhance your recovery and near vision improvement, you should:

  • Limit the use of reading glasses
  • Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor, including artificial tears
  • Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor

Keep in mind that some Raindrop patients may still require reading glasses for activities such as reading tiny print or reading in low light.

Call us now to schedule your consultation, and find out if you’re a candidate for the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay at (713) 526-3937.

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