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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.


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Video: Dr. Kristen Gunn on Eyecare Treatment after a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury

In the video above, Dr. Kristen Gunn of Opticare Vision Centers in Northern Kentucky shares her expertise about patients who have had a concussion or multiple concussions and patients who have had mild traumatic brain injuries.

A lot of times patients will ask me what kind of symptoms they should expect when experiencing something like this and there isn't really a straightforward response. The symptoms aren’t black and white for every patient. There are definitely a variety of symptoms that patients can experience and it really differs from patient to patient.

The most common symptoms that I’ve seen are light sensitivity and a lot of anxiety especially going out in public and in crowded spaces.  There are also definitely issues with focusing even on the simplest daily activities that used to not take any concentration at all.

So what we do during the exam is really listen to the patient and have them tell us in detail what they're experiencing so we can get a full understanding of what they're going through.

We do the full examination just to make sure everything is healthy and then we go into some pretty intense muscle and focusing testing but we never want to push it too hard. When you push too hard even with the treatment it can cause a lot of issues as far as even reverting back to getting worse and worse, so we really need to be careful with how much we push the treatment.

The treatment can range from glasses with prism which is a very specific prescription catered to you and how your eye muscles work together. Or possibly getting your eye muscles to work kind of like physical therapy for your muscles which is called vision therapy. Please reach out if you have any questions to our Newport or Ft. Mitchell offices.

How Sleep Apnea Affects The Eyes

Did you know that some eye conditions are associated with sleep apnea? According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and Health Canada reports similar prevalence. It’s a sleep disorder where people stop breathing — often multiple times per night — while sleeping.

If you have sleep apnea: it tends to take longer for your tears to be replenished, you’re more likely to have ocular irritation, you have a higher chance of developing floppy eyelids, and you’re at increased risk for glaucoma.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

There are different types of sleep apnea. The most common one is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During OSA, your airway becomes partially blocked due to relaxed muscles in your nose and throat. This causes apnea (the absence of breathing) or hypopnea (abnormally shallow, slow breathing). It’s twice as common in men, and is more likely to affect people with obesity, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease.

What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much to allow normal breathing. These temporary breathing lapses cause lower-quality sleep and affect the body’s oxygen supply, which can lead to potentially serious health consequences.

While snoring is a common symptom, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Interrupted sleep can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, irritability or depression, headaches in the morning, difficulty concentrating and thinking, and a sore throat.

Which Eye Conditions Are Associated With Sleep Apnea?


Glaucoma occurs when increased pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, leading to vision loss and sometimes blindness. In some cases, it might be due to a drop in blood oxygen levels, which happens when you stop breathing. However, CPAP machines, one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea, can also cause glaucoma.

So, people with sleep apnea — even if it’s being treated — need to get their eyes checked on a regular basis for glaucoma.

Floppy Eyelid Syndrome

Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES) is an eye condition where a person has an unusually large and floppy upper eyelid. It can cause eye redness, irritation, discharge, or blurry vision — and over 90% of people with FES also have sleep apnea.

Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is an eye condition that occurs when there is a loss of blood flow to the optic nerve. Patients typically complain of significant vision loss in one eye without any major pain. Approximately 70-80% of patients with NAION have been found to have OSA.

Retinal Vein Occlusion

Also referred to as an ‘eye stroke,’ retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina. A recent study of 114 RVO patients found that sleep apnea was suspected in 74% of the patients that had previously been diagnosed with RVO.

Other Eye Health Issues Associated With Sleep Apnea

Some other ocular conditions that are more common in patients with sleep apnea include: papilledema, keratoconus, and central serous chorioretinopathy. Furthermore, in addition to glaucoma mentioned above, CPAP machines are associated with dry eye syndrome and bacterial conjunctivitis.

Talk To Your Doc

Get eye exams regularly to rule out eye disorders and prevent potential vision loss, especially if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. At Opticare Vision Center in Cherry Grove we encourage you to share your medical history with us so we can better diagnose and treat any eye conditions or ocular diseases you may have, and help you keep your eyes nice and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Donald Grutzmacher

Q: What Causes Sleep Apnea?

  • A: Sleep apnea occurs when in-part or completely stop breathing when sleeping. This causes your lungs to strain harder for oxygen, and makes the brain send signals that jerk your body awake to resume proper breathing.

Q: What are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

  • A: A common sign of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Snoring that is loud enough to disturb the sleep of the patient as well as others around, even across the walls. That said, not everyone who snores suffers from obstructive sleep apnea.

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3 Benefits of Anti-Glare Coating

Glare refers to the excessive brightness caused by direct or reflected light. It can cause eye strain, digital eye strain (when using a computer, for example), halos, and headaches. Glare can also reduce visibility, making it unsafe to drive.

Anti-glare coating, also known as anti-reflective (AR) coating, is a thin layer applied to the surface of your eyeglass lenses that allows more light to pass through your lenses. By reducing the amount of glare that reflects off of your lenses, you can see more clearly and experience more comfortable vision. You can request anti-glare coating for lenses when you buy eyeglasses.

AR Coating Offers 3 Major Advantages

Better Appearance

Without an anti-glare coating on your glasses, camera flashes and bright lights can reflect off your lenses. This can hinder your appearance when speaking to people or in meetings, cause flash reflections when picture-taking, and make it difficult to find the right angle for video calls. Anti-reflective coating eliminates the harsh reflections and allows others to clearly see your eyes and face.

Reduced Digital Eye Strain

You know that tired, irritated feeling you get after staring at a digital screen for several hours? That’s digital eye strain. Anti-glare coating helps reduce digital eye strain by lowering exposure to excessive glare from digital devices and lighting.

Safe Driving at Night

The bright headlights from cars driving in the opposite direction can pose a serious danger when driving at night. These sudden glares can lead you to momentarily lose focus of the view ahead. AR coating on your prescription eyewear effectively reduces reflections from headlights at night, allowing you to enjoy a better view of the road and safer driving at night.

Let your eyes look and feel better every day with anti-glare coated lenses. Contact us to book your appointment today!

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Donald Grutzmacher

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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What You Should Know About Night Blindness

If you don’t see well while driving at night, there’s a chance you have night blindness. Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is the inability to see well at night or in dim lighting. It’s not considered an eye disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem.

Our eye doctor in Cherry Grove can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness with specialized digital eye exams, so that you can enjoy being out and about at night again.

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

Causes of Night Blindness

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

  • Vitamin A Deficiency — Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness.
  • CataractsA buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.
  • Diabetic RetinopathyDamage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.
  • GlaucomaThis group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness.
  • MyopiaAlso called nearsightedness, myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.
  • KeratoconusAn irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.
  • Usher SyndromeThis genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors.

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery.

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision.


While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness.

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Opticare Vision Center in Cherry Grove to schedule your appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Donald Grutzmacher

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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