Vuity has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and local ophthalmologists say it can be life changing.
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The drops are intended for people with presbyopia, an age-related eye problem that causes blurred vision.
“We all know reading glasses are boring,” said Dr. Ella Faktorovich, ophthalmologist at the Pacific Vision Institute. “In 15 minutes you can see your computer, you can see your phone so you can really improve the field of view. I think that’s huge.”
She says the drops target the focusing mechanism in the eye. The drops narrow the pupils and increase the focus on the eye.
“There are many types of this drug in trials, but this is the first to be approved,” she said. “It’s quite remarkable.”
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It can help people like Lovester Law, who is currently writing a book. He says he spends hours staring at a screen to write.
“After reading too much or writing for too long, I just need to close my eyes and relax,” he said.
“If we live long enough, our eyes will age, they won’t be the same as before. “
People who want the drops will need to see an eye doctor, as they are only available with a prescription.
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Doctors at UCSF say this breakthrough may be a catalyst for future eye treatment.
“The data we have shows that it really really works,” said Julie Schallhorn, associate professor of ophthalmology at UCSF. “It is an exciting time to be in this field, and an exciting time for our patients.”
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