Looking at long reading—in other words, reading for more than 45 minutes, as someone might do with a book—the inlay made a difference in the percentage of patients who used glasses.
Ninety six percent used glasses all of the time preoperatively, compared with 62% who said they did not use glasses for long reading after Raindrop Inlay implantation. Nine percent of patients still used glasses all the time for long reading after inlay implantation, while some patients used glasses only occasionally.
The inlay also helped with the performance of work or hobbies at near. Ninety one percent said they had little or no difficulty with these tasks 1 year after inlay implantation, compared with 29% preoperatively.
“Whether it be coin collecting or computer work or reading, the majority did well,” Dr. Whitman said.
Previous trials have found a one-line decrease in uncorrected distance visual acuity with the Raindrop, Dr. Whitman said. However, when asked about playing active sports—which tend to be more distance predominant—14% had less difficulty after inlay insertion.
“It’s probably from a wider range of vision,” Dr. Whitman said. Although patients may experience a slight decrease in distance vision, it appears to be minimal enough to not affect visual quality or satisfaction, he explained.