As a child, you would have noticed your grandparents using reading glasses, especially when reading the morning paper. Our eyes lose suppleness as we age, and the lens has difficulty growing more rounded. This is when we develop presbyopia, an eye disorder that usually appears after the age of 40.
At a reading distance, you will have difficulty focusing on closer items and will eventually require reading glasses. Presbyopia is fairly widespread, with around 1.8 billion individuals globally suffering from it.
1. Can eye drops replace reading glasses?
The FDA just authorised the first eye solution to enhance age-related near-vision. You may use Vuity, an eye drop solution, to improve your vision during the day so you won't need to carry reading glasses with you wherever you go. People between the ages of 40 and 55 who have trouble seeing properly while carrying out regular duties, such reading the screen of your phone or computer, benefit the most from the dip.
2. How does it work?
It is advised that one drop be applied to each eye once day. After application, the drops begin to operate within 15 minutes, and their benefits persist for roughly six hours. Vuity is a brand-name version of the well-known medication pilocarpine. Technology was developed by researchers to enable the eyedropper to quickly adapt to the acidity of the lacrimal gland. Vuity takes use of our eyes' capacity to shrink their pupils, enhancing near- and intermediate-range vision while maintaining far vision. Each prescription lasts around 30 days, and the efficacy of the drop increases after 30 days of treatment.
3. Clinical trial results of the eye drops ?
The participants in two presbyopia-afflicted randomised clinical studies ranged in age from 40 to 55 and were made up of 750 individuals. The new eye drops were given to half of the participants, while the other half received placebo eye drops. Once a day, the participants inserted one VUITY or placebo eye drop into each eye. The medication began to work after 15 minutes, and the improved vision lasted for 6-10 hours. In either clinical study, the researchers observed no significant adverse effects. Mild headaches and red eyes were the most typical side effects. People who use eye drops may also experience momentary difficulties changing their focus.
4. Who all can use it?
Those with mild to moderate presbyopia might benefit from the drops. Unfortunately, due to the effects of ageing, eye drops become less effective after the age of 65. Vuity eye drops come with a 30-day prescription and cost around $79 (6,300.99 rupees) It is crucial to remember that the drops shouldn't be utilised when performing tasks in low light or driving at night. Use just the authorised dosage; exceeding it puts individuals who are nearsighted at risk for retinal detachments. Vuity is not a panacea, but it is a simple and practical backup option for persons with presbyopia. Other eye disorders, such as nearsightedness (myopia) and hyperopia, won't be helped by the drops (farsightedness).