The Associated Press story about Raindrop was broadcast last week and appeared in hundreds of U.S. and foreign markets.
In the broadcast, two of our “Raindrop” patients are highlighted. Both patients talk about their decision to have the corneal inlay procedure.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who’s really a good candidate to toss their specs?
The Raindrop Corneal Inlay
The surgery involves insertion of the inlay within the layers of the cornea. This causes a microscopic “bump” in the curvature of the corneal surface.
Remember that the corneal surface is responsible for about 2/3 of the total focusing power of your eye. Small changes here translate to big changes in your vision.
“I haven’t seen a product like this before, …that actually works this quickly, this good.” – Mark Whitten, M.D.
The “steepening” caused by the insertion of the inlay allows better focusing on near objects, e.g. your phone or computer screen.
The surgery takes place in an outpatient setting, it does not hurt and results can be noticed within minutes.
Christianne Reads Minutes Later
Christianne Krupinsky is 51 years old and never needed glasses until she developed presbyopia. The frustration of reading glasses lead her to Dr. Whitten and Dr. Rose.
After an initial consultation with Dr. Shilpa Rose, Christianne decided to move forward with the short 15 minute procedure.
The Raindrop inlay is about 2mm in diameter and is inserted in front of her pupil, in the center of her visual axis.
As reported, she was reading within minutes of the procedure.
Whitten Laser Experience Matters
Mike Gray, 52, is another of our “Raindrop” patients. Unlike Christianne, Mike has had LASIK performed several years ago.
Mike chose LASIK and Raindrop for the advantage of being “free of eyeware.” While the Raindrop is FDA approved for patients who have never had surgery, the procedure can be used “off-label.”
Having had previous eye surgery makes his situation more complicated and risky and requires the experience of a surgeon, like Dr. Whitten, who is familiar with the various procedures and techniques, not just Raindrop.
We look forward to “seeing” you!