A new eye drop which will be made available initially in the US starting this Thursday it could change the lives of millions of people with presbyopia. It is a condition that affects people over 40 and makes it difficult to see objects and texts up close.
vuity, this is the name of the eye drops, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October, and could potentially replace reading glasses for millions of people (9 in Italy alone, 128 in the US and nearly 2 billion worldwide). According to the company, the new medicine takes effect in about 15 minutes. One drop of this eye drop in each eye provides clearer vision for 6-10 hours. Basically it's a pair of LIQUID reading glasses.
It's not eye drops - it's something that changes your life
Toni Wright, one of 750 participants in a pharmaceutical study, is thrilled. "It's definitely a life change," she told her interviewers. Also of view. Before trying these eye drops, the only way to see clearly up close was to have reading glasses on hand. Everywhere: in his office, in the bathroom, in the kitchen and in the car.
"I denied that I needed it because for me it was a sign of aging."
In 2019, her doctor told her about a new eye drop that could solve her vision problems. And she immediately noticed the difference, right from the first tests.
How Vuity works
Vuity is the world's first FDA-approved eye drop for the treatment of presbyopia. The drug uses the body's natural abilities: the drops of this eye drop reduce the size of the pupil, and thus extend the depth of field and focus.
Economically, I don't know: the cost is equivalent to that of a pair of glasses, cheap, but per month: a 30-day supply of Vuity costs about 75 euros (80 dollars) and works best in people aged 40 to 55. . The (sporadic) side effects found in the study included headache and red eyes.
"It is something that we anticipate will be well tolerated in the long term, as well as further evaluated and studied on a formal level," says Dr. George Waring, the principal investigator of the study.
Not a miracle remedy, no abuse
Vuity, it must be said, is by no means a good drug for everyone and for all occasions. The same manufacturer warns against using this eye drop when driving at night or performing activities in low light conditions. The drops are less effective after the age of 65, because the eyes age. I believe it: do you know what the worldwide presbyopia rate is in people over 65? 100%. Yes sir. EVERYONE suffers from it after that age. There is no eye drop that holds, in that case.
Small detail: I doubt that the health insurance will provide it for free, or that the US insurance companies will cover it: from a medical point of view this eye drops are not essential. Glasses are still a less expensive alternative.