The eye drops that have just been approved and entered the US market can change the lives of millions of people with age-related blurred vision. This condition mainly affects people 40 years of age and older.
Vuity eye drops were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in October and could potentially replace reading glasses for some 128 million Americans with near vision problems. According to the manufacturer, the new drug, which is delivered in the form of a drop to each eye, works in about 15 minutes and makes vision clearer for 6 to 10 hours.
Tony Wright, one of 750 participants in a clinical trial of the drug, called it a breakthrough. Before the experiment, the only way Wright could clearly see his surroundings was to wear reading glasses everywhere. Wright’s doctor talked to him in 2019 about a new eye drop. The 54-year-old online retailer, who works in his farm in western Pennsylvania, immediately noticed the difference. “I don’t need my reading glasses much now, especially when I’m behind a computer where I always have to wear them,” he said.
Vuity drops are the first FDA-approved eye drops to treat age-related blurred vision, also called presbyopia. Dr. George Waring, lead researcher on the study, said the prescription drug uses the eye’s natural ability to reduce pupil size. “Reducing pupil size increases depth of field or depth of field and allows you to focus naturally in different areas,” he said.
A spokesman for Vuity Eye Drops said the 30-day dose of the drug costs about $ 80 and works best for people 40 to 55 years old. Side effects identified in the quarterly trial included headache and red eyes.
Vuity drops are by no means a universal therapy, and the manufacturer warns against using the drops when driving at night or when operating in low light conditions. This drop is effective for mild to moderate cases and its effect is reduced after the age of 65 and with aging eyes. Users may also have difficulty temporarily adjusting focus between near and far objects.
Vuity drops are not currently covered by insurance in the United States, and doctors say it is unlikely that insurance will ever cover them because it is not medically necessary and glasses are still a cheaper alternative.