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The Raindrop
Near Vision Inlay

It can be disruptive to constantly locate your readers every time you want to check your email or look at a menu. The simple, 10-minute Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure is a long-term solution that can reduce (or eliminate) your need for reading glasses.

Unfortunately, we no longer offer this implant at Benjamin Eye Institute. If you would like to learn about our other Lens Replacement procedures, please check out Symfony Toric, Restor, Crystalens, and more to see if they are right for you.

What is the Raindrop?

The Raindrop is a small, transparent disk about the size of a pinhead. It is composed of 80% water and material similar to that of a soft contact lens. It is implanted just below the surface of your non-dominant eye during a quick, ten-minute procedure, and will allow you to focus on small details, like text, knitting work and the computer, without reading glasses. It works by reshaping the front portion of your eye to restore enhanced near vision.

An overview of the 10-minute Raindrop surgery

Immediately before your Raindrop procedure, Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet will administer a numbing drop to ensure your comfort. From there, you will lie down on your back and focus on a light to keep your eye as still as possible. Using a laser keratome cutting device, your surgeon will create a small flap in the cornea before placing the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. The flap will then be replaced and the eye will heal itself, without the need for stitches.

What to expect after your procedure

You will be able to drive yourself home after surgery and resume your normal daily routine immediately. However, you will need to avoid the following activities for at least one week to ensure that your eye heals safely and quickly:

  • Smoking
  • Gardening
  • Wearing makeup
  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Playing sports and exercising
  • Being in dusty environments

Regarding aftercare, you will be required to wear an eye shield at night for about four weeks to prevent you from rubbing the area while you sleep. You will also need to use prescription steroid and antibiotic eye drops, along with artificial tears, to minimize the risk of an infection, dry eye complications, and inflammation.

Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet will want to examine your eyes one day, one week, one month and every six months after the procedure to assess the healing process and ensure your optimal eye health.

A brand new way to see the world

The Raindrop is an extremely effective way to see small details more clearly – without always relying on readers. On average, patients saw five additional lines of near vision when reading an eye chart one week after surgery. After two years, the following results were apparent:

  • 98% of patients could read a newspaper (20/40 or better at near distances)
  • 88% of patients could read fine print (20/25 or better at near distances)
  • 76% could read email (20/25 or better at intermediate distances)

Schedule your appointment today

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the on-off routine of readers, contact our Los Angeles office today. During your appointment, Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet will help you determine if the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay can restore your ability to see life’s small details with ease.

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    Doe G.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

  • Matt P.
    West Hollywood, CA
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    Renee T.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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