19 Dec 2021

How new eyedrops could improve close-up vision

From Sunday Morning, 11:06 am on 19 December 2021

A new FDA-approved eye drop medicine could replace reading glasses for millions of people who have age-related blurry vision. The newly-approved eye drop, Vuity, hit the market in the US this month and has been billed by the company as a "life changer" for people who have trouble seeing close-up. The new medicine is said to take effect in about 15 minutes, with one drop in each eye providing sharper vision for six to 10 hours. Vuity is the first FDA-approved eye drop to treat age-related blurry near vision, also known as presbyopia. Dr Sid Ogra is an Oculoplastic and Cataract surgeon working at both Greenlane Clinical Centre (Auckland District Health Board), as well as the Manukau SuperClinic. He joins the show to explain how the eye drops work and what they can do for vision.

Eye seen in Warsaw on January 27, 2019. (Photo by Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto) (Photo by Maciej Luczniewski / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP)

Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto

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