Patient with LASIK and Raindrop to Same Eye

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This particular patient had both LASIK and the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay to the right eye, and LASIK only to the left eye.  LASIK was performed to correct the patient’s distance vision.  The Raindrop Near Vision Inlay corrects for near vision loss (presbyopia) and is always placed in the patient’s non-dominant eye.

LASIK and Raindrop in the Right Eye

I operated on the right eye first.  Topical Proparacaine eye drops are used to numb the eye.  A lid speculum prevents blinking and keeps the lids open during the procedure.

The corneal flap is created. ¬†You can tell I am operating on the right eye because the “hinge” of the flap is always toward the nose.

The excimer laser performs the LASIK portion of the combined procedure. ¬†This laser reshapes the cornea, customized ¬†to each patient’s prescription. ¬†The excimer laser offers exceptional precision for the corneal ablation (reshaping) and even offers state-of-the-art tracking mechanisms which are faster than normal eye movements. ¬†So, no worrying about moving your eye during your procedure.

After the LASIK portion of the procedure is completed, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is then placed in the center of the cornea.

Raindrop Near Vision Inlay

The Raindrop inlay is very small.  It measures about 2mm in diameter and is clear.  Even with the magnification of the operating microscope, the inlay is difficult to see.

To make the inlay easier for me to see during the operation, we use fluorescein dye to temporarily stain the implant.  The dye has been used in ophthalmology for generations and is safe, water soluble and has no lasting effects on the Raindrop inlay.

Fluorescein is the bright green dye seen in the video. ¬†The Raindrop appears as a perfect “green” disc in the center of the cornea.

At the end of the procedure to the right eye, the corneal flap is replaced in the usual fashion for LASIK, except in this case, the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay has also been inserted.

LASIK to the Left Eye

After surgery to the right eye is completed, LASIK was performed to the left eye.  Again, the corneal flap is created.

The procedure to the left eye was typical of LASIK surgery and the goal was to correct only the distance vision in that eye.  

If you would like to make an appointment or if you have questions regarding a laser vision correction procedure, please call (301.825.5755).  

Mark Whitten, M.D.
Vision Correction Surgeon
LASIK, Cataract & Raindrop

 

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