With age comes wisdom, and a whole host of changes to our bodies including presbyopia. Put simply, presbyopia is a naturally occurring condition that makes it difficult to read things up-close. Affecting millions of people over age 40, the most common treatment to date has been the use of reading glasses, or “readers.” However, there is a new treatment now available:
Vuity prescription eye drops for presbyopia is an FDA-approved treatment that may eliminate the need for reading glasses for some people.
In several studies, Vuity eye drops have proven effective at decreasing blurry near-vision associated with presbyopia. However, Vuity should not be construed as a miracle drug. While it may eliminate the need for readers for some people, it has not proven effective in all cases nor is it covered by medical insurance. Nonetheless, it’s not very expensive, and there’s relatively little risk to trying Vuity.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia comes from the Greek word meaning “old sight” but is more commonly referred to as “age-related blurry near vision” today. After the age of 40, the eye lens becomes harder and less elastic. This causes the eye to focus light behind the retina rather than on it, making close-distance reading difficult, if not impossible.
Words in a book that were once easy to read, for example, may suddenly appear blurry. It may even feel like you have to stretch your arm farther away from your face and squint your eyes to focus on the words. This is a normal side-effect of getting older. Unfortunately, few are immune to age-related loss of vision.
A formal diagnosis from an optometrist or other qualified specialist is the only way to confirm the existence of presbyopia, but there are still several tell-tale signs that are easy to spot.
What Are the Signs of Presbyopia?
If you think you may be developing presbyopia, the easiest way to find out is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Barry Leonard or Dr. Javier Villabos, who was recently featured on a Telemundo segment about Vuity Eye Drops for presbyopia.
However, before receiving a formal diagnosis, there are several common signs of presbyopia you may notice, including:
- Difficulty reading fine print
- Noticeable changes in your ability to read in low-light conditions
- Increased eye strain when reading
- Blurriness looking at familiar objects and an inability to recognize the finer details in those objects
- A need to stretch your arm farther away from your face to read or even see an object clearly
- Temporary blurred vision when there is a lot of motion
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms develop or worsen after age 40, there’s a good chance that presbyopia is the culprit. The only way to be certain, however, is to schedule an eye exam and let your eye doctor know about everything you’re experiencing.
Two Options for Treating Presbyopia
Unfortunately, there is no cure for presbyopia. Because it is an age-related medical condition, it’s likely to only get worse with age. Nonetheless, reading glasses or prescription Vuity Eye Drops are effective treatments for presbyopia that can make seeing and reading at a close distance much easier, even as the symptoms of presbyopia worsen.
Reading Glasses — A Tried & Tested Tool for Presbyopia
The blurred near-vision associated with presbyopia results from the inability of the eye to properly focus on up-close objects. Reading glasses have long been used to compensate for this. One benefit of reading glasses is that you can find a pair virtually anywhere. Additionally, they come in many different strengths, so you can try out various pairs and find out which is best for you even without an optometrist.
However, for many people with other eye issues — astigmatism, a large difference between the degrees of presbyopia in the two eyes, or if you need stronger than over the counter readers — may need prescription reading glasses.
The downside of readers is that they are often easily lost or misplaced because they aren’t needed once you finish reading. Many people who use them regularly resort to keeping at least one pair in every room of their house as well as a few in their car and workspace just to make sure they always have a pair whenever and wherever they need them.
Still, even with all this foresight, reading glasses occasionally disappear seemingly without a trace, and many people are looking for something that is a little easier to use and harder to lose.
Vuity Eye Drops For Presbyopia — A Day-Time Solution for Blurry Near-Vision
For those who are tired of losing their readers or just want a simpler treatment, there’s good news. A new treatment for presbyopia has entered the market in the form of Vuity Eye Drops. When Vuity is put into the eye, the pupils constrict (get smaller) making it easier to focus on objects that are close-up. With one drop in each eye, near-vision blurriness can be reduced in minutes for up to 6-10 hours.
Vuity, however, is a day-time-only treatment. It should not be used at night. When the pupils shrink, it decreases their ability to see clearly in low-light conditions. Thus, if you use Vuity to increase your vision at night, you may very well find the opposite occurring.
Additionally, Vuity is not recommended for people suffering from other vision-related conditions like far-sightedness, astigmatism, macular degeneration, cataracts, myopia or Keratoconus. Vuity Eye Drops is only designed for those who are suffering the negative effects of near-sighted blurriness that accompanies presbyopia.
Furthermore, Vuity Eye Drops may include some minor side effects such as dimming of vision, eye redness, and headaches, but no serious side effects have yet been discovered, though more studies are being done. The general outlook is that Vuity should be a safe solution even for those using it long-term.
Should You Get Vuity Eye Drops for Presbyopia?
While reading glasses are a one-time fixed cost, Vuity costs quite a bit more than what you would normally spend on reading glasses. However, for those who don’t want the stigma of needing “readers,” are tired of the inconvenience of carrying them, or often lose their reading glasses when they need them most, then Vuity might be a good replacement.
To find out if Vuity eye drops for Presbyopia are right for you, make an appointment with your current eye doctor or come see us at the office of Dr. Barry Leonard and Associates. You can make an appointment online or call us at 818-891-6711.