Raindrop & KAMRA Inlay Treatments for Presbyopia

One of the most common problems adults experience between the ages of 41 and 60 is trouble seeing objects up close. This change in vision is known as presbyopia, a condition that gets progressively worse with age. Over time, the once-flexible lens of the eye begins to thicken and lose its flexibility. Eventually, the lens becomes so thick and rigid that it is impossible to focus on objects up close.


Designed to reduce the need for glasses by improving near vision

What is Age Related Loss of Near Vision?

Age related loss of near vision, or presbyopia, happens when your natural lens loses elasticity, making it difficult to change your focus to see objects up close. Everyone — yes, everyone — will eventually experience presbyopia, making it difficult to perform daily activities, such as reading or looking at a cell phone without glasses.

The Raindrop Solution

Raindrop is a safe way to improve your near vision. The tiny inlay, about the size of a pinhead, can be placed just beneath the surface of your eye in a 10-minute procedure.

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.
Who is the Raindrop for?
Anybody who needs reading glasses for daily tasks such as using mobile phones, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work may be a candidate.How does it work?
It gently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear front portion of the eye. making everything that is close up easier to see.How long does it last?
Raindrop is intended to be a long-term solution, but if for any reason you need it removed it can be easily done. Most patients return to their vision before the procedure.

Is it safe for the eye?
Extensive trials and usage show that it is safe. This was confirmed by the US FDA. Raindrop is bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye.

The Raindrop Procedure

During a 10-minute outpatient procedure, Raindrop is placed just beneath the surface of the eye to change the shape and improve near vision.

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
  • Approximately 80% water, Raindrop resembles a tiny water droplet
  • Bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye

MKT_250_Rev_1_Press_Release_InfoGraph_LR-2Most patients return to normal activity after the Raindrop Procedure. Most patients who have had Raindrop gain 5 lines of near vision on an eye chart without the need for reading glasses within one week and their vision continues to improve for several weeks. Patients need to use eye drops for several months for comfort and healing.

Many people compensate for reduced close vision by wearing reading glasses to see when sending texts, reading the newspaper and performing other functions at a close distance. If you are frustrated with relying on reading glasses to complete everyday tasks, the team at Metrolina Eye Associates has a solution: the Kamra Inlay.

To learn more about the Kamra inlay for the treatment of presbyopia, please contact our board-certified ophthalmologists at Metrolina Eye Associates today.

How the Kamra Inlay Works

The Kamra inlay is a remarkable device that is implanted in the eye to improve near vision and reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The tiny ring-shaped device is FDA-approved for use in adults between the ages of 45 and 60. Smaller and thinner than a contact, the ring has a small hole in the middle; clearly focused light passes through the hole for better near vision (unfocused light is blocked). The Kamra is placed in one eye, and the other eye is left untouched. Together, the eyes work to provide clear vision at multiple distances.

Metrolina Eye Associates own Dr. Ivan Mac, discusses Kamra Inlay’s Benefits:

Am I a Candidate for the Kamra Inlay?

You will need to meet with the eye doctors at Metrolina Eye Associates to verify your candidacy for the Kamra inlay. You might be a suitable candidate if you:

  • are between the ages of 45 and 60
  • are unable to focus clearly on near objects or small print
  • need reading glasses with +1.00 to +2.50 diopters of power
  • do not need glasses for clear distance vision
  • do not have any active eye infections/inflammation/uncontrolled disease
  • have sufficient corneal thickness

What to Expect during the Placement Procedure

The Kamra placement process is short; it typically takes less than 20 minutes. First, numbing drops are administered for your comfort. One of our doctors will use a laser to create a small pocket in the cornea of your non-dominant eye. Then, they will insert the Kamra inlay through the opening and position it within the pocket, centering it over the pupil. The dominant eye is left untouched to preserve distance vision.

After the placement, your eyes might feel slightly scratchy or irritated, and you might experience tearing or sensitivity to light. These are normal side effects and can be managed with special medication.
You will be able to go back to work and your normal routine within a day or two. Some people notice vision improvement within the first week; others take longer to heal. We will follow up with you to monitor your progress, provide additional instructions and answer any questions you may have. It can take three to six months for the brain to completely adapt and vision to stabilize.

Schedule an Appointment

For more information about the Kamra inlay for the treatment of presbyopia, please schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors. If you live in the Matthews, Stallings or South Charlotte area of North Carolina, call our local office at (704) 234-1930. If you’re in the Monroe area of North Carolina, call our local office at (704) 289-5455. Our Indian Land office in South Carolina is now open and we’re accepting new patients! Call (803) 547-EYES (3937).