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What are Vuity™ Eyedrops, and How Can They Help my Vision?

Dr. Josiah Young of our Northern Kentucky office was interviewed by Fox19 News on May 12, 2022 to find out more about Vuity eye drops.

Are you tired of wearing reading glasses? Do you put your glasses down and then frantically search your house to find them — just to quickly read a label or check your caller-ID?

If so, Vuity eye drops may be the solution you’ve been seeking.

Why Does Aging Cause Blurry Vision?

An estimated 128 million Americans above the age of 40 are living with age-related farsightedness, a condition called presbyopia.

Presbyopia is a common refractive error that occurs as the natural lens in the eye begins to harden. As the lens stiffens, it loses its ability to focus on near objects, resulting in blurry vision.

Presbyopia can get worse with time, and your ability to see near objects, such as the text in a book or magazine, the images on your cell phone or even a restaurant menu, may become impossible, especially in low-light environments.

Symptoms of Presbyopia

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If you’re in your 40s, you may be experiencing some of the most common signs and symptoms of presbyopia:

  • Trouble seeing images, numbers or text on your phone
  • Blurriness when looking at a computer screen
  • Difficulty reading
  • Excessive squinting
  • Frequently holding objects at arm’s length
  • Requiring brighter light to improve visual clarity

Holding objects at arm’s length and using brighter lighting may help to improve your visual clarity in the interim, but they’re not a long-term solution.

Presbyopia can be corrected with reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses. But unless you wear your eyewear all day long, keeping track of your reading glasses can get frustrating, especially if you forget to keep a spare pair in your purse or briefcase. Eyewear can also fog up, especially when wearing a face mask.

The eyecare industry understands you and your needs. This is how Vuity came to be.

What Is Vuity?

women drop about 615×427 (1)Vuity is the first and only FDA- approved prescription eye drop to treat age-related blurry vision.

The eye drops work by stimulating muscle contraction in the iris, the colored part of the eye that surrounds your pupil. The muscles in the iris contract and relax to widen and narrow the pupil, depending on the amount of light entering the eye.

Inserting Vuity eye drops into the eye temporarily reduces the size of the pupil, improving near focusing ability while maintaining clear distance vision.

Vuity eye drops are delivered with proprietary technology that enables them to quickly adjust to the natural pH of your tear film, making Vuity both convenient and comfortable.

How Long Does it Take to See Results?

Improved near vision is typically noticed within 15 minutes of eye drop administration, and the effects generally last up to 6 hours. Keep in mind that it can take around 30 days to experience optimal results.

How Effective Is Vuity?

In two clinical studies, 750 people with presbyopia were assessed to determine the efficacy of Vuity eye drops. Half the participants were given Vuity to treat their blurred vision, and the other half received a placebo eye drop.

After a 30-day trial, those who received Vuity showed a significant improvement in near vision clarity, especially in low-light conditions. The studies also found that Vuity had no impact on distance vision clarity.

During the three-month trial, Vuity worked best in people aged 40-55, and side effects included headaches and red eyes.

If you would like to learn more about Vuity, or to find out if you can benefit from this new presbyopia medication, contact Opticare Vision Center today to schedule an appointment. Our warm and friendly staff are here to address your questions and concerns.

Resources:
https://news.abbvie.com/news/press-releases/us-food-and-drug-administration-approves-vuity-pilocarpine-hci-ophthalmic-solution-125-first-and-only-eye-drop-to-treat-presbyopia-age-related-blurry-near-vision.htm

Sharing the holiday cheer at our Ft. Mitchell location

We are so proud to share the hand-made holiday artwork on display in our Ft. Mitchell office. Every December, Gail (pictured, left, in the first photo), twin sister of our very own optician, Lorie (pictured, right, in the first picture) – paints beautiful Christmas artwork on our windows in the office.

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Getting to Know Dr. Leah Akin, OD

dr leah akin1) What brought you to the Northern Kentucky area and to Opticare Vision Centers in particular? I grew up in Hebron and always hoped to return home to the Northern KY area to practice. When an opportunity with Opticare became available I knew it would be a great fit because they take the time to treat each patient with the most personalized care, and that is something that I strive to do as well.

2) How did you become interested in optometry? I was interested in the medical field for as long as I can remember, and after getting glasses at age 16 I started to consider optometry as a great career option. I shadowed several different optometry practices during undergrad and loved the work-life balance that optometry offers.

3) Where did you go to Optometry school? Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN

4) What do you like most about the work you do? Helping others to use their vision to their fullest potential. I love that no two patients are ever the same!

5) Do you have any specialties or aspects of eyecare that you are particularly passionate about? I really enjoy seeing kids as well as ocular disease patients.

6) What designer frame line would you say most aligns with your personality, and why? I love Modo’s frame line for their classic styles with a pop of bold color!

7) What is your favorite piece of optometric technology and why? I love having an OCT to diagnose so many different retinal conditions, it’s a great tool for patient education and monitoring changes over time.

8) What interests or excites you the most in the field of optometry? It is such a diverse field to go into. There are so many different aspects to specialize in that allow you to focus on your specific interests and refer cases to other colleagues who may specialize in something else. There is always more to learn.

9) What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the industry and how do you stay ahead of them? I see a huge increase in the variety of technology that is becoming available for both diagnosing and treating different conditions. I try to stay as up to date as possible by completing continuing education courses to learn about things that are up and coming, whether it is something I use on a regular basis or not.

10) Please share a patient experience that stands out in your mind? One of the most impactful encounters I’ve had was with a patient who came in because her glasses were about 5 years old and she wanted to update them. During her routine exam, I discovered a very large choroidal melanoma and was able to refer her to an oncologist so that she could begin treatment. That experience is always a reminder that even patients without any complaints or concerns can have serious conditions that optometrists may be the first to detect.

11) What do you like to do in your spare time? Travel whenever possible! I also love to bake, take care of my collection of houseplants, and play with my crazy dog Pepper.

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