- Presbyopia means you have difficulty seeing objects clearly that are close to you. It is a normal part of getting older, and it happens to billions of people worldwide.
- Vuity (pilocarpine 1.25%) is the first and only FDA-approved medication to treat presbyopia. It’s a once-daily eye drop.
- Vuity is a safe and effective treatment option for certain patient candidates.
Presbyopia is a term that refers to difficulty seeing and focusing on objects that are close to you. It’s not necessarily a medical problem, but it’s one component of our natural aging process. Nonetheless, depending on how your vision changes over time, presbyopia can worsen your quality of life after you begin to notice it.
How does Vuity work for treating presbyopia?
Presbyopia is caused by stiffness in the lens of the eyes. The lens sits just behind your pupils, and this stiffness makes it harder for the lens to change shape in order to see things clearly up close. Vuity works by making your pupils temporarily smaller so they can better focus on objects that are close to you.
After Vuity is administered into the eyes, it usually begins to work within 15 minutes. It can continue working for up to 6 hours.
What are the known side effects of Vuity?
As with all medications, there are a number of possible side effects.
The most common side effects found were headache and conjunctival hyperemia — a type of eye inflammation. Conjunctival hyperemia can cause eye redness.
A less common side effect is retinal detachment, which is a sight-threatening eye problem that happens when your retina (a light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of your eye) is pulled away and separates from supportive tissue.
Is Vuity a good option for me?
Vuity is available with a prescription after seeing an eye doctor and is not available over the counter (OTC). If you are interested in learning more about this new drop, please ask one of our doctor's at your next appointment. We will discuss if this new treatment is a good option for your seeing needs!