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Everything You Need To Know About Presbyopia & Raindrop

Everything You Need To Know About Presbyopia & Raindrop

Saturday, November 19, 2016
by Solomon Eye Associates

Presbyopia is a common condition for people in their forties, fifties, and sixties. With presbyopia, seeing things up close, like the words on the page of a book, or email on a computer can become difficult. Presbyopia occurs when the lens in the eye loses its elasticity, a natural occurrence, as we get older. Though presbyopia is not inherently harmful, many people find that having to keep reading glasses on hand is frustrating and want a solution.

When using reading glasses and contacts becomes tiring, many turn to treatments like the Raindrop® Corneal Inlay. But before going under this procedure, many people also want to know what to expect with Raindrop®. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions to get a better idea about what the Raindrop® inlay is, and if its right for you!

Who Is A Candidate For Raindrop?

The Raindrop® inlay is best for patients that suffer from presbyopia, need reading glasses, and don’t currently suffer from other eye conditions like severe dry eye or glaucoma. The Raindrop® is meant to improve near distance, giving patients the ability to see fully again, without having to go through complicated surgeries or risky recoveries. Being in your forties, fifties or sixties is a good indicator that you may be a candidate for the Raindrop®. Ask your eye doctor for more details!

How Is Raindrop Different From KAMRA?

Currently, there is more than one kind of corneal inlay device available for treating presbyopia. Like the Raindrop®, the KAMRA Inlay is a simple device that improves near vision when inserted into the eye. The KAMRA inlay work similarly to the Raindrop inlay, but uses the “pinhole” effect to achieve sharp near vision. The Raindrop® inlay utilizes refractive power, similar to a small contact lens. The Raindrop® inlay is completely clear and comprised of 80% water, while the KAMRA inlay is visible in the eye. Your eye doctor will be able to tell you which inlay is best for you!

How Painful Is The Procedure?

Though it varies from patient to patient, many people report that process of inserting the Raindrop® inlay is painless, thanks to the numbing drops that are given before the procedure. It’s also a very quick procedure, lasting at most about 10 minutes total. With such a short procedure, the recovery time is also quite quick, letting patients get back to their everyday activities faster!

Will Insurance Cover My Costs?

Because Raindrop® has only recently been FDA approved, and it is not considered medically necessary, most major insurances will not cover it. Because of this, the procedure is an out of pocket expense. You may be able to use Flex Spending or finance your procedure.

How Long Is The Recovery Time?

Recovery time can always vary depending on the person, but most patients are able to go back to their everyday activities just 24-48 hours after completing the Raindrop® procedure.

Have any additional questions about the the Raindrop® inlay? Feel free to contact one of our doctors at Solomon Eye to get more information about the procedure, and to see if you are a good candidate!

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