Changes in our vision, especially as we age, can be annoying at best. Not being able to see clearly can put your whole life on pause. But it doesn’t have to.
What Are Vuity Eye Drops?
Vuity eye drops are the first (and only) FDA-approved prescription eye drops to treat presbyopia in adults. Manufactured by Allergan, these eye drops can improve up-close vision while maintaining clear distance vision.
Vuity eye drops work by shrinking your pupils to help you see up close.
Studies conducted by Allergan show patients gain an average of 3 lines improvement of reading vision when using Vuity. This means that most patients were able to clearly read an additional 3 lines on a near point reading card after using Vuity eye drops.
It’s recommended to apply one drop in each eye once a day. If you have other eye medications, administer Vuity eye drops at least 5 minutes apart.
Common Side Effects
Common side effects of Vuity eye drops are headaches and redness in and around the eyes. It’s important to understand all the potential side effects before using this product.
Can I Use Vuity Eye Drops?
Presbyopia is an age-related eye condition where the eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on close-range items. It usually isn’t noticeable until your mid-40s to early 60s. While presbyopia is a natural part of aging, it can be incredibly annoying.
If you experience symptoms of presbyopia, such as squinting to read, holding things at an arm’s length, or requiring brighter light to see close up, you may want to talk to your optometrist about presbyopia treatments like Vuity eye drops.
Before prescribing Vuity, your doctor will likely evaluate a number of factors, including your eye health, other medical conditions, any medications, and medical history. Your eyes are completely unique, so Vuity may or may not work for you. This is why it’s important to discuss all your options with your optometrist.
How Do I Get Vuity Eye Drops?
Your optometrist can prescribe Vuity eye drops if it’s an appropriate treatment option for you. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination to discuss this option with your optometrist.
Where to Buy Vuity Eye Drops
Because you need a prescription, you can purchase Vuity eye drops at most local pharmacies. However, Vuity eye drops are not an over-the-counter medication. You may be able to order these eye drops through an online pharmacy, but this isn’t a guarantee.
Vuity eye drops retail for approximately $79 USD for a one month supply and are not covered by insurance.
Alternatives to Vuity Eye Drops
Vuity eye drops aren’t intended to fully replace other treatments for presbyopia. There are many alternative treatment options for presbyopia.
Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses
Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the easiest, safest way to correct vision issues caused by presbyopia.
You can get over-the-counter reading glasses if your vision is relatively unimpacted by presbyopia. Go to your local pharmacy or drug store to test out the reading glasses available. If these don’t give you clear up-close vision, you may want to try another type of glasses, such as:
- Prescription reading glasses
- Progressive multifocals (multiple prescriptions in one lens)
- Office progressives (specially designed for computer work)
- Bifocals (lenses with distance prescription & reading prescription)
- Trifocals (lenses with distance, mid-range, & reading prescription)
You may want to explore options with contact lenses for added freedom and flexibility in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are many options available, such as:
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Monovision contact lenses (one lens for distance, one lens for reading)
- Modified monovision (one multifocal lens, one regular lens)
You may want to discuss a lens implant with your Optometrist. In this procedure, the surgeon would remove your natural lens and replace it with a synthetic lens called an intraocular lens. Nowadays, there are exciting new options for upgrading your implant to correct your distance and near vision!
Avoid Refractive Surgery for Presbyopia
Refractive surgeries change the shape of the cornea to help correct vision, however they are not really designed to treat presbyopia. Refractive surgeries are meant to treat hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism.
Ask Your Eye Doctor
Vuity eye drops are the most effective when applied at the same time every day. You may have to use these eye drops a few times before you notice major results. However, if you experience any adverse side effects, discontinue the use of Vuity eye drops and contact your doctor.
Talk to your optometrist to determine the best treatment for your eyes. Your vision is important at every age. Our Riverside optometrist team is here to help answer any questions you may have and provide you with treatment solutions for better vision.