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How Do Vuity Eye Drops Work?

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When it comes to eye health, it’s essential to take a proactive approach by maintaining a regular eye exam schedule and using products that are specifically designed to support and nourish your eyes. One product that has gained a lot of popularity over the years is Vuity eye drops. Vuity eye drops are a ground-breaking innovation in eye care, providing you with a safe and effective way to alleviate symptoms of presbyopia and correct vision.

Vuity eye drops are the only FDA-approved eye drop that treats age-related blurry near vision—better known as presbyopia. The drop is most effective in people aged 40 to 55 who struggle to see clearly when performing daily tasks such as reading your phone or computer screen. 

Vuity eye drops work by temporarily shrinking the size of the pupils, allowing them to focus on close objects. They do this by binding to receptors in the eye called muscarinic receptors and making the pupils contract.

What Is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a condition that affects many individuals as they reach middle age. It is a common age-related vision problem that makes it difficult to focus on close objects.

Presbyopia occurs when the lens in the eye loses its flexibility, making it harder for the eye to adjust and focus on near objects. Younger people typically have flexible lenses and can effectively refract light, and muscles respond accordingly.

Older adults’ stiffer lenses don’t refract light as well, and the muscles don’t respond as they once did.

Presbyopia is caused by the natural aging process and affects nearly everyone over the age of 45. People with presbyopia can experience symptoms such as:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Needing to hold reading materials at arm’s length
  • Difficulty seeing up close

While presbyopia tends to get worse with age, it stops progressing by 65. You may be at risk of developing early-onset presbyopia if you:

  • Have farsightedness or hyperopia
  • Take specific medication, such as allergy medicine or antidepressants
  • Have multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or some neurological and cardiac problems

Vuity Eye Drops: The Inner Workings

Outside of reading glasses, Vuity eye drops are the only other noninvasive, FDA-approved method to manage presbyopia. Vuity shrinks your pupils for a short time to allow you to see near objects, like your books, tablet, or phone, clearly.

After a single drop is applied, Vuity can begin to take effect within 15 minutes and last up to 6 hours. However, sustained use for 14 days can provide maximum results.

Vuity works by affecting the muscarinic receptors, chemical binding sites that make your eye muscles contract. It helps improve focus at near distances without affecting long-distance vision.

It’s important to note that Vuity eye drops won’t reverse or cure your presbyopia. You’ll likely still need some form of reading glasses; however, you won’t be as heavily reliant on them as you would without Vuity drops.

Are There Risks Associated with Vuity Eye Drops?

There are very few contraindications for Vuity eye drops. Many people, including contact lens wearers, can use the drops. Vuity is a type of miotic eye drop that has been shown to correlate with retinal detachment. However, this side effect didn’t develop in the clinical trials.

Side effects identified in the clinical trials include:

  • Stinging or burning
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Headaches

You should be cautious during night driving and other low-light conditions until you know how your eyes will react to the drops.

While uncommon, you should visit your optometrist if you notice symptoms including:

  • Persistent side effects
  • Sudden onset of floaters, flashes, or vision loss
  • Sweating, nausea, or vomiting

Vuity drops are available by prescription only, so during your next visit to your optometrist, talk to your eye care team about the treatment and if it’s a right fit for you. Given the chance of side effects, your optometrist will carefully supervise your treatment to monitor your reactions.

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Manage Your Presbyopia

Regular eye exams are essential for detecting signs of presbyopia. Your eye care team at Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates can review the treatment options to correct your vision and improve your quality of life, whether you choose reading glasses, Vuity eye drops, or a combination of treatments.If you find yourself struggling with the negative effects of presbyopia or need to confirm a diagnosis, visit Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates to discuss your eye care regime.

Written by Dr. Jennifer Shane

Dr. Jennifer Shane is native to Reno, Nevada. She attended the University of Reno and the University of Las Vegas, Nevada where she received a Bachelor of Science in Economics. During college she began working for an Optometrist that inspired her to study Optometry. She continued her education at the Illinois College of Optometry where she received her Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry in 1999. Additionally, Dr. Shane completed residency training in Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2000. Besides seeing patients, Dr. Shane enjoys pickleball, and spending time with her two sons and two pugs.
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