Are you over 43 and tired of needing reading glasses to see your phone, computer, and other small print? You’re not alone.
Presbyopia is the age-related vision change that begins in our 40’s and causes blurry close-range vision. The condition is caused by the natural hardening of the lens within the eye. Before the onset of presbyopia, our lens is flexible, allowing our eyes to adjust their focus from far to near, similar to the auto-focus of a camera. Once the lens has hardened, our eye can no longer “zoom in” to see close up.
In October of 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Vuity, the first eyedrops to treat the symptoms of presbyopia. Vuity is now available by prescription. The drops are not a long-term solution but offer a temporary alternative to readers.
One drop of Vuity in each eye will cause the pupil to constrict (become smaller) causing a “pinhole effect” making near objects appear sharper. The eye drop takes 15 minutes to take effect. Results vary but may allow 2-3 hours of improved near vision.
Is Vuity an option for you?
Vuity is expected to work best for those between the ages of 40-55 who see well far-away but need readers to see close-up. Vuity can also be used in conjunction with other vision correction procedures like LASIK to provide an even greater range of vision. Common side effects include headaches, redness, and may cause a slight decrease in distance vision. Due to the decrease in pupil size, vision may appear dimmer, making it non-ideal at night and other low light environments. A 30-day supply of Vuity goes for about $80-$90 depending on the pharmacy and coupons.
The number one thing we hear from our patients is that they wish they would have had vision correction sooner.
So the question for you is… why wait any longer?