As anyone who has struggled with the on and off hassle of readers knows, having the ability to focus on the details of life is priceless. Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay improves near and intermediate vision by simply reshaping the front part of the eye. Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare is the first to offer the brand new, FDA-approved Raindrop Corneal Inlay procedure in the Northeast. This highly anticipated implantable Raindrop device improves near vision for patients, specifically those with the common age-related vision problem, Presbyopia. The Inlay improves near vision and can potentially reduce the dependency on reading glasses. If you are constantly buying and stashing reading glasses everywhere imaginable, this procedure may be perfect for you.

Best Candidates for
the Raindrop Inlay

If you wear reading glasses to compensate for a loss of near vision, you may benefit from a Raindrop® near vision inlay. The best candidates are people who are experiencing near vision difficulties from Presbyopia. Presbyopia is caused by the steady decline of the ability to control focusing power of your eyes. This occurs in almost all adults with natural aging, starting near the age of 40. The FDA states, “This procedure is indicated for use in patients 41 to 65 years old who, in addition to not having had cataract surgery, are unable to focus clearly on near objects or small print and need reading glasses with +1.50 to +2.50 diopters of power — but do not need glasses or contacts for clear distance vision.”

How the Raindrop Inlay works
Recently featured on the Today Show, the Raindrop inlay device is smaller than the size of a pinhead, at 32 micrometers thick and 2mm in diameter. This tiny, transparent inlay – about the size of a pinhead and thinner than a piece of paper – is placed just beneath the surface of your eye to reshape your cornea and improve your ability to read, use your phone or work with small objects. A long-term solution, it is implanted in only one of your eyes to improve near vision.

"Unlike some options that require both eyes to be treated, Raindrop is only preformed on one eye”,
Kevin Obrien, Marketing Director, Fichte Endl Elmer Eyecare

The device is fittingly called the Raindrop because it is made up entirely of a clear, hydrogel material and looks much like a small water droplet. The Raindrop device is transplanted just behind the cornea layer, which is the clear, front surface of the eye. The implant reshapes the curvature of the cornea to help provide a stronger surface for the eye to better focus on near objects.

Results of the procedure
The procedure, similarly to LASIK, requires only a 10-minute outpatient procedure. Raindrop is done in the office and, thanks to numbing eye drops, patients experience no discomfort. You can return to normal activities and expect to see noticeable improvement in your near vision within the first week. Most patients who have had Raindrop gain five 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. In fact, the two-year FDA study resulted with 95% of patients that had 20/40 vision or better at near distances with the implant takes only about 10 minutes to complete with a quick recovery. Afterward, both of your eyes will work together to give you a clearer picture of both near and far objects.
If you are interested in ditching the reading glasses for clearer vision, contact us today for your FREE SCREENING to see if you are a candidate for this exciting new procedure. 1-800-309-2020

About Fichte Endl Elmer Eyecare
Our Eye Doctors

Our founding partner, Dr. Fichte is regarded as one of the country’s leading surgeons in both cataract and refractive surgery. As a clinical investigator, he has been instrumental in the introduction of many new and improved techniques in ophthalmology including the new multifocal intraocular lens implant, a “no-stitch” surgical technique and the use of laser to correct eye problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Dr. Michael Endl, a native of Western New York and Head of Ophthalmology Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s technological advances through his career as a researcher, speaker, and educator. Recently he was given the “Top Doc” award for the sixth consecutive year as voted by his peers.
Also, born and raised right here in Western New York, Dr. Thomas Elmer’s extensive experience and training in cataract, Lasik, glaucoma and laser surgeries, as well as his specialized pediatric training, allows us to further expand our total eye care services.
A fourth Ophthalmologist recently joined the practice. Richelle Stillwagon, M.D., a general ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, general eyelid disorders, and routine eye care for patients with diabetes, is now seeing patients and performing surgery at both offices.

Our team is rounded out by equally talented and skilled optometrists offering a full range of eye care services, including: Laser vision correction, Corneal Surgeries, Glaucoma Surgeries, Innovative Cataract Procedures, Cosmetic Eyelid Procedures, Children’s Eyecare, Dry Eye, and Senior Eyecare. Eyecare is especially important for seniors. One in three Americans will develop some type of eye disease that can threaten their vision by the time they are 65. It’s easy to dismiss failing eyesight as simply “getting older.” Some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, have no early warning signs and, in early stages, can only be detected through tests performed by your eye doctor. If you are a senior, you can preserve your sight by having annual eye exams and treating any eye disease as early as possible.

Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare is a leader in comprehensive eye care in Amherst and Niagara Falls, NY.

Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare - Amherst
2825 Niagara Falls Blvd. Suite 130 Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 564-2020

Established in 2000, our Amherst office is our laser center. We not only see a wide range of patients for general eyecare and glasses, we also do all of our refractive surgery procedures here at this location including the Raindrop procedure.

Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare - Niagara Falls
6500 Porter Road suite 2020 Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Phone: (716) 282-1114

We are excited to announce our brand new state of the art facility is now open. Our former Niagara Falls office located at 2400 Pine Ave closed its doors July 24th 2015 after over 30 years of faithful service. We have outgrown that office and needed a larger space. We have relocated just 2 miles away. The new facility is on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara. Our new building features more exam rooms and beautiful Optical shop where we will sell glasses and frames for everyone form those on a budget to those looking for designer lines or anything in between.
Whatever your unique eyecare needs, you have found your home for compassionate, comprehensive care at Fichte, Endl and Elmer Eyecare. If you cannot find the specific eyecare service you need, call us today at 1-800-309-2020. We are focused on you!

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