WUSA Andrea Roane Interviews Dr. Mark Whitten | Raindrop Inlay

WUSA 9 Interviews Mark Whitten Raindrop Corneal Inlay for Near Vision LossMark Whitten, M.D. and Shilpa Rose, M.D. make the news again!  The story, “Raindrop Near Vision Replaces Reading Glasses,” as broadcast by WUSA’s Andrea Roane featuring our own doctors and two of our “Raindrop” patients.

The Raindrop corneal inlay is used to treat near vision loss, also known as presbyopia.

Whitten Introduces Randrop to Washington, D.C.

Just as Dr. Whitten introduced LASIK to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for the correction of distance vision, he is now doing the same with the Raindrop corneal inlay.


As he explains in the broadcast, “It’s a completely new concept; a completely new idea…that we can fix reading vision at the same time you keep your distance vision.”

The procedure takes about 15 minutes, is virtually painless and takes place in our vision correction surgical suite within our Spring Valley office on Massachusetts Avenue.  After creating a “LASIK-like” flap, the 2mm inlay is inserted into the cornea of the non-dominant eye.  The inlay causes a very subtle change in the curvature of the cornea – allowing better focusing at near.

Whitten and Rose are among the first in the country to offer Raindrop to their patients who are over the age of 40 and have presbyopia.

Preoperative Screening

Both our patients underwent a thorough eye exam prior to the procedure looking for ocular disease such as glaucoma and cataracts…and, of course, to make the diagnosis of presbyopia.  Diabetes is also an important consideration, but must be controlled to be a candidate for the procedure.

Meet Joann Mirgan-Erb

Ms. Erb went through a complete exam with Dr. Rose who confirmed that her inability to read menus, computer screens and her smart phone was due to presbyopia.  You can see Joanne’s surgery and hear the conversation between Dr. Whitten and Joann who is able to read immediately after surgery!

Remember Dr. Sokolosky?

Andrea Roane also includes a follow up on D.C’s very first Raindrop patient, Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky.  Jennifer had her Raindrop about 3 months ago and exclaims that both her distance and her near vision are “perfect” without glasses!

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Eye Associates of Washington DC | Trish Kolb, Shilpa Rose, M.D., Mark Whitten, M.D.Trish Kolb – Refractive/LASIK Coordinator
Shilpa Rose, M.D. – Vision Correction Specialist
Mark Whitten, M.D. – Vision Correction Specialist

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