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Meet Josh, your friendly neighborhood audience development manager. Many of you may be reading this while wearing a pair of glasses. How many of you have trouble seeing things up close? My mom wore glasses most of her life but luckily she made me eat my carrots so I have near perfect vision. But there might be a new product that can help you leave readers and even contact lenses at home.
In our latest Insider First Look, consumer investigator Lauren Verno tested the new eye drops that might be the solution for reading glasses. Check out its story, “Liquid Lenses”.
Remember when you could check your emails without a problem and seemingly overnight you had to snap and buy reading glasses? Boring, right?
Well, maybe those glasses are a thing of the past. The FDA has approved the first and only eye drops for people with presbyopia or blurred near vision. They are called Vuity.
“If I can avoid rummaging through my purse for my readers or putting in my contact lenses first thing in the morning, I’ll be all for it,” Michelle Bradley said.
Bradley has always had vision problems, but when she hit her 40s, she developed presbyopia – the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on near objects. It’s a common problem as people age, affecting nearly 128 million Americans.
“That’s what happens when you hit 40 and my near vision just disappeared,” Bradley said.
Which made Bradley the perfect candidate for these new drops. Vuity was approved by the FDA in December. But finding a doctor who prescribes them is still limited.
“This is a relatively new drop, so we don’t know the end result of this yet. We’re in the early stages of prescribing,” said Dr. Curtis Schmidt, one of the Northeast physicians. Florida prescribing the drops.
But don’t expect insurance to cover it. The drops will cost you around $80 out of pocket. The 5ml bottle should last about a month. Although the bottle is small, you only need one drop in each eye to improve near vision for 6-10 hours.
So we asked Dr. Schmidt to find us a volunteer who would be a good candidate for the drops and we wanted it to be someone who had never used them before.
Which brings us back to Bradley. She wears contacts regularly, but that doesn’t matter with these drops. The company says that if you remove them before putting in the drops, they are completely safe to use. After removing his contact lenses, Bradley graciously let us record the experience of using these drops for the first time. We watched Dr. Schmidt put a drop in each eye.
“I didn’t feel any tingling. I don’t feel any sting, which shocks me,” Bradley said.
Now, because the drops are only meant to correct blurry near vision, the manufacturer says they won’t fix any other eye problems you may have. For Bradley, that means he still has to rely on his other contacts for distance issues. Dr. Schmidt says you can safely put your contact lenses back in about 15 minutes after the drops go in. And within minutes, Bradley started noticing results.
“It’s definitely an improvement. I couldn’t see the second line until I put my contacts on a minute ago. I didn’t know what to expect, so I’m a little surprised,” she said. declared.
We wanted to get another medical expert’s opinion.
Dr. Arun Gulani says the science behind the drops has been around for decades. He explained that prescription eye drops have only minor side effects.
“Short term, I’d say redness in the eyes and headaches at most,” Dr. Gulani said.
What Bradley says isn’t enough to stop him from using those drops again.
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