If you’re wearing glasses reading this, you’ll want to know more about “magic eye drops”

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If you are over forty, chances are you have a pair of reading glasses. As we age, blurred vision is a part of life.

But now the situation is clearing up for many. People call them magic drops.

It’s a new FDA-approved treatment that allows some patients to see up close without glasses.

As an on-the-go business owner, Mario Moguel is constantly checking messages on his phone, but over time this side of his job has become a chore as he has had to start using reading glasses.

He said keeping track of his glasses was a problem. “You have to look for them because you’ve misplaced them all the time. And then you have to go get new ones.

Now there is a new solution for Moguel and millions of others in his position: eye drops.

Vuity is the first FDA-approved product to treat presbyopia. Which is the age-related progressive loss of the ability to see up close.

Ophthalmologist Dr Michael Collins explained: “This particular drop is meiotic, which means it makes your pupil smaller. By narrowing your pupil, it gives you increased depth of field.

Dr. Collins felt that Moguel was an ideal candidate to benefit from Vuity eye drops.

He said: “It will work best for older patients, say, 40 to 55 years old. So if you’re 65 it’s probably not going to work as well, you’ve lost too much of that flexibility from your lens, your lenses are getting too stiff.”

Moguel didn’t really know what to expect. He was one of the first in Southwest Florida to try them after the FDA only approved the eye drops late last fall.

“And I’m like wow,” Moguel said, “these things are awesome.”

The drops are issued by prescription only and used daily. One drop in each eye. The effect lasts about six hours.

Seeing is believing.

Moguel can now enjoy the freedom to live life without glasses again. “It gives you that clarity, you know. Especially when I’m sitting in front of my computer delivering proposals and emails and whatever else I need to do for my business. »

The drops take about 15 minutes before they sharpen your vision.

And costs around $80 for a one month supply.

Dr. Collins says these are just the first steps of a few eye drops that will improve short-term vision.

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