VUITY™ Eye Drops for Presbyopia

VUITY™ Eye Drops for Presbyopia

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You may have heard the news about a new eye care drop called VUITY™. This prescription medication was recently approved to treat age-related Blurry Near Vision (presbyopia) in adults, and it is the only medication on the market approved for this use. But is VUITY™ right for you? Let’s find out!

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia occurs when the clear lens of the eye loses its elasticity. As it becomes less flexible, the light passing through the lens cannot be focused onto the correct part of your retina. This causes near objects-particularly small print-to appear blurry. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process that affects everyone. It develops gradually, usually beginning in your 40s. If you are in the beginning stages of presbyopia, you may find that you can alleviate blurry vision by holding reading materials farther away, making print larger, or using brighter lights for close-up work. As presbyopia intensifies, you will need some form of vision correction to see clearly.

What is VUITY™ and How Does it Work?

VUITY™ is an eye drop consisting of the medication pilocarpine hydrochloride. Pilocarpine has been used as an ophthalmic drug for many years, primarily in the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension. VUITY™ uses an optimized form of pilocarpine, delivered with proprietary pHast™ technology, which allows VUITY™ to rapidly adjust to the pH of your tear film. Pilocarpine primarily works to improve near vision by reducing the size of your pupil, which helps to focus images up close. Once you have administered the drop in your eye, it takes around 15 minutes for the medication to start taking effect, and usually lasts for around 6 hours.

Is VUITY™ Right For Me?

If you have presbyopia, and you are interested in near vision correction that offers greater flexibility than reading glasses, VUITY™ may be a good option for you. But this medication may not be suitable for everyone. VUITY™ works best for those with mild to moderate presbyopia, usually those aged 40-55 years old. According to Allergan, the manufacturer of VUITY™, the most common side effects are headache and eye redness. Other side effects may include problems focusing when switching between near and distant objects, and trouble seeing in low lighting conditions, such as when driving at night. It is important to speak with your doctor about all possible side effects and adverse reactions when starting a new medication.

VUITY™ is available by prescription only. To schedule an appointment with an eye doctor, call (907) 328-2920.

Written By

Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC

Posted in: Presbyopia

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