Raindrop Near Vision Inlay: An Innovative Treatment for Presbyopia

Many patients over 40 develop presbyopia, a refractive, age-related error that makes daily activities such as reading newspapers and emails challenging. Even though this condition is not treatable with LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), it can be corrected with an advanced Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay procedure. By reshaping the cornea and implanting a corrective lens, we can alleviate your dependence on reading glasses. At Retina & Eye Specialists of New JerseyDr. Sean C. Lalin strives to help his Hackettstown and Morristown, NJ, patients achieve optimal vision for a better quality of life, which is why he implements the latest technology and techniques into his treatments.

What is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay? 

This thin, curved disc is designed to provide an effective solution to presbyopia, minimizing symptoms such as eye strain and visual fatigue. Similar to a contact lens, the inlay replicates the curvature of the front section of the eye and consists of mostly water.

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We can place a Raindrop Near Vision Inlay beneath the surface of the eye to improve your long-term vision.

Presbyopia is extremely common but cannot be treated with LASIK, requiring those with this condition to rely on reading glasses for a variety of daily activities. To improve your quality of life, Dr. Lalin can perform a safe, effective procedure that yields dramatic results in just one week. 

How Does it Work? 

We can place the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay in the non-dominant eye to effectively reshape the cornea, or the front of the eye. Returned to the proper shape, light can now enter the eye correctly, enabling you to focus properly. When the eyes work together, you should notice substantially improved vision.

By reshaping the cornea and implanting a corrective lens, we can alleviate your dependence on reading glasses.

Am I a Candidate?

In order to be eligible for treatment, patients should:

  • Be between the ages of 41 and 65
  • Have healthy eyes 
  • Have presbyopia, but not myopia 
  • Not have had LASIK or cataract surgery

We can conduct an in-depth evaluation of your eyesight to determine whether Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is right for you.

What to Expect

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Lalin can place numbing drops in your eye to ensure your comfort. He can then use an advanced laser to create a flap in the cornea, before inserting the disc into the middle layer of the cornea. Next, he can close the flap. The entire process is very short, typically only lasting about 10 minutes.


Immediately following your procedure, you will be unable to drive. As such, it is important to arrange for a ride to and from surgery. In addition, you will need to wear an eye shield while you sleep to prevent you from rubbing your eyes. Depending upon your rate of healing, this may be required for up to four weeks. Typically, we schedule a post-op checkup the day after your procedure, one week later, one month later, and every six months to ensure proper healing. 

For a safe and healthy recovery, you will need to apply steroid eyedrops, antibiotic eyedrops, and artificial tears as directed. You should also avoid strenuous physical activities, wearing makeup, swimming, and smoking. Otherwise, you may resume normal daily activities the day after your procedure.

Committed to Exceptional Care

The entire team at Retina & Eye Specialists of New Jersey is dedicated to helping you overcome the challenges of presbyopia. Contact us online or by phone at (973) 871-2020 to schedule your examination today and find out if you are a candidate for the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. 

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