Raindrop Near Vision Inlay2018-08-20T10:49:08-06:00

Raindrop Inlay: Presbyopia Correction in St. Louis

Over 40 Vision Correction

Brinton Vision is proud to continue our tradition of leadership in innovative LASIK and laser eye surgery techniques in St. Louis. In the fall of 2016, we became the first to introduce Raindrop Inlay to our list of services, which now include LASIK plus all six of its modern, FDA-approved LASIK alternatives. Raindrop Inlay is a solution for presbyopia.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia, often referred to as “over-40 vision,” is an age-related loss of near vision that begins to affect most of us in our 40s and early 50s. Sometimes confused with farsightedness, presbyopia occurs as the lenses of our eyes become less flexible with age. It keeps our eyes from being able to focus on objects close to us, such as newspapers, cell phones, and computer screens. It’s the reason most of us end up with a colorful supply of reading glasses. Without treatment, presbyopia progresses, worsening our vision and changing our glasses prescriptions from bifocals to trifocals to progressive lenses.

Brinton Vision specializes in giving our patients clear vision without glasses or contacts, including those whose lives are affected by over-40 vision changes. Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is the latest in our toolbox of available procedures to help patients achieve visual freedom.

St. Louis Raindrop Inlay for Over-40 Vision

Raindrop Inlay is a microscopic lens about the size of a pin head and half the thickness of a human hair. It is composed of 80% water and is biocompatible, meaning it is in sync with the body’s natural chemistry. It is transparent and is not visible to the naked eye.

Raindrop Inlay is placed just beneath the surface of your non-dominant eye. It works by gently changing the central curvature of the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, and allowing that eye to see close-up objects and images. Following the procedure, both eyes work together to see both far away and nearby objects. It can be left in for life, but can also be removed or updated as necessary to meet changing vision needs.

Raindrop Inlay is a Lasik Alternative for Patients over 40

What are the Results of Raindrop Inlay?

Tests show that, on average, patients see an improvement of five lines of near vision on an eye chart within one week of surgery, without using reading glasses. In studies, most patients were able to see everyday items without the help of readers. An impressive 98% of patients could read a newspaper again years later without glasses. KSDK Newschannel 5 was recently featured Brinton Vision in the following segment.


Everybody has been just very personable and very friendly. Very attentive. That day, the day of the procedure I got a couple text from Dr. Brinton asking how I was doing, you know, following up on with me. I couldn’t be more complimentary to the staff and the way things have gone here.

Nancy Young

How will I Know if Raindrop Inlay is My Best LASIK Surgery Alternative?

When you visit Brinton Vision for the first time, you will undergo a Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA), which is a comprehensive array of tests using seven of the most modern, accurate technologies available in the world. We provide LASIK plus all of its six modern variations. This thorough examination will give Dr. Brinton and Dr. Poore the information needed to determine which procedure is best for you. Even better, you’ll be armed with the information you need to make an informed choice about your own vision health moving forward.

What to Expect During a Raindrop Inlay Procedure

Plan to be at Brinton Vision on the day of your procedure for about two hours. Raindrop Inlay is fast and comfortable and takes only about 15 minutes to complete. The remainder of the time will be spent in testing before and after the procedure. Please arrange for transportation home after surgery, as your vision may be blurry immediately afterward. You can return to most normal activities, including driving, by the next day.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our professional surgical technicians, who will retest certain aspects of your vision for accuracy. Next, you will be given numbing eye drops to ensure your comfort and be led to our Vision Correction Suite, where you can relax on a comfortable bed while Dr. Brinton performs your procedure. Before you know it, you’ll be finished!

What to Expect After Raindrop Inlay

Before you leave Brinton Vision, you will be provided with an eye shield to wear at night and during naps so that you do not accidentally rub your eyes while you sleep. You’ll also be instructed on how to use special eye drops for a while afterward. You will be able to resume normal activities the day after your procedure, including driving. Dr. Brinton or Dr. Poore will advise you of any other precautions you will need to take specific to your surgery and lifestyle.

What if I’m not a good candidate for LASIK?2019-03-19T11:05:45-06:00

Brinton Vision offers LASIK plus all six of its modern variations — Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), ReLEX SMILE, Implantable Collamer Lenses (Visian ICL), ASA, and Kamra Inlay. Because of the technology, education, and dedication required to provide these treatments, we are one of only a handful of specialty refractive practices in the United States to do so.

We are also one of just a few practices to use seven different in-house, state-of-the-art refractive diagnostic technologies to ensure we have the most accurate analysis possible of your unique eyes. Because of this, we are able to tailor a solution just for you.

Still, there are certain times when laser vision correction is not ideal. Often there are treatments available for conditions that, when addressed, can make you a good candidate for laser eye surgery. In other cases, because of the technology we use, we have been able to diagnose problems that were previously missed, and to help patients establish a course of treatment that ultimately saved their remaining vision. A Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis provides the comprehensive information we need to decide which surgery, if any, is the right option for your unique eyes.

Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?2019-03-19T11:08:15-06:00

At Brinton Vision, your surgical technician will administer numbing eye drops to ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure. After LASIK, ICL, ASA, KAMRA, RLE, or SMILE, most patients experience little or no discomfort. Your eyes may feel scratchy, gritty, or watery for a couple of hours. These are temporary symptoms and are not a problem for most patients. The exception to this is Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), which is an effective procedure for some patients who are not good candidates for LASIK or other LASIK alternatives. If ASA is the best choice for you, Dr. Brinton will discuss what to expect and answer any questions you may have.

Are your lasers and lens implants FDA-approved?2017-08-18T07:26:16-06:00

Yes. All of the lasers and implants at Brinton Vision, including those used for LASIK plus each of its six modern variations, are FDA-approved. Many have also been used years longer in Europe and across the world prior to U.S. FDA approval.

What if I move my eye during LASIK surgery?2017-08-18T07:26:28-06:00

Both our VISX and Wavelight laser platforms have built-in tracking devices able to adjust the placement of the laser if and when your eye makes an involuntary movement. These devices are capable of tracking movement up to 4,000 times per second — much faster than your eye is capable of functioning. If your eye moves too much, our lasers stop, then resumes when its target is back in range.

Why do you offer so many options when other places only have a couple? Isn’t LASIK just LASIK?2019-03-19T11:27:06-06:00

No two people have the same fingerprints, and no two people have the same eyes. LASIK is a good option for some people, but there are other procedures that can be a better fit, depending on your eye anatomy, health history, and vision problems. All of this is evaluated using state-of-the-art technology in a Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis (BVOA) in our St. Louis laser eye surgery practice. Dr. Brinton is the only full-time, comprehensive refractive surgeon in the state of Missouri, and one of just a handful in the United States to provide LASIK plus its six modern variations (LASIK alternatives) to his patients. These include SMILE, Visian ICL, RLE, ASA, Kamra Inlay, and ASA. He does so because he believes in providing personalized, customized care to each guest who walks through the door at Brinton Vision.