Raindrop Vision Procedure Performed for the First Time in New England

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The All-New Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay is designed to Improve Near Vision. See Fine Print, Menus and Mobile Phones Without the Hassel of Reading Glasses

“If you’re frustrated with the inability to see close-up, the Raindrop is an excellent modality to consider.”

Boston Laser performed the first Raindrop Near Vision Inlay in the New England area this week. 10 patients ranging in age from 45 to 65 underwent the newly-approved 10-minute procedure.

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is a novel way to treat age-related near vision loss, or presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that causes your eye to lose the ability to change focus from distant to near objects. It is a natural part of aging that most people begin to experience after age 40.

Raindrop is the world’s first inlay to change the shape of the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) to improve near vision. Raindrop is incredibly small – about the size of a pinhead and less than half the thickness of a human hair – and is bioengineered to mimic the natural cornea. The outpatient procedure takes about 10-minutes and patients go back to most of their daily activities the next day.

In the FDA clinical study, 98% of patients could read newspaper print within one week after the procedure. Their vision continued to improve over the next several weeks and months.1

“We’ve been following this remarkable Raindrop technology for some time, and it promises to be a very effective solution designed for people who want to reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses,” said Samir Melki MD PhD, Director of Boston Laser and clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. “If you’re frustrated with the inability to see close-up, the Raindrop is a modality to consider.”

Raindrop Near Vision Inlay benefits:
Raindrop is made of a soft, biocompatible material similar to a soft contact lens, which has similar properties and water content as the cornea. It gently changes the shape of the clear front part of the eye, the cornea. It improves near vision while slightly affecting distance vision in the treated eye.

Raindrop is:

  • Transparent, so no one will realize there is a Raindrop in your eye
  • Well-suited for dim light situations as 99.7% of the light passes through the Raindrop and reaches the back of the eye where the image is processed (1)
  • Approximately 80 percent water, Raindrop resembles a tiny water droplet
  • Bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye

“We’re finding that our patients are active people, and they don’t want to constantly reach for – or look for – their reading glasses,” said Dr. Samir Melki. “Raindrop is a very appealing option.”

The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay has received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June of 2016, and has been available around the world for several years prior to approval in the US.

1. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay Prescribing Label, ReVision Optics, Inc.

Please see Professional Use Information and/or Patient Information Brochure for a complete list of Potential Risks, Warnings and Precautions. http://www.raindropinlay.com

Practice Information
Boston Laser is a multifaceted ophthalmology practice, with locations in Brookline, Wellesley, Medford, and Lawrence, MA and Falls Church Va. . Boston Laser is part of the Boston Eye Group offering a wide range of eye services. Free evaluations to determine candidacy for the Raindrop or LASIK can be booked online at . http://www.Bostonlaser.com or by calling 617-277-4733.

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