New FDA-approved eye drops may permanently eliminate the need for eyeglasses wearers of certain conditions.
This article is based on science and accredited media reports. No medical advice is offered herein on the part of the author. It is imperative for anyone who suffers from an eye disorder of any type to visit their doctor, optometrist, or ophthalmologist. All listed theories and facts within this article are fully-attributed to several medical experts, scientists, and media outlets, including CBSNews.com, CentreForSight.net, Endpoint News, and The Washington Post.
Late last year, news of a new FDA-approved alternative to glasses and surgery was widely reported.
An updated December, 2021 report from CBSNews.com, entitled “New FDA-Approved Eye Drops Could Replace Reading Glasses For Millions: ‘It’s Definitely a Life Changer,’” stated: Vuity, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October, would potentially replace reading glasses for some of the 128 million Americans who have trouble seeing close-up. The new medicine takes effect in about 15 minutes, with one drop on each eye providing sharper vision for six to 10 hours, according to the company.
Though the eye drops received widespread reportage and in initial test subjects critical acclaim, other more controversial to permanently discard eyewear, including diet, yoga and eye exercises have been subject to considerable scrutiny and referred to as “mythical home remedies” by skeptics, while States both near-advocacy and far-sightedness can be alleviated by implementing simple at-home techniques that serve to relax eye muscles.
See here for March, 2021 CentreForSight.net article which takes issue with the natural claims: Surgery is the only way to get rid of glasses permanently, and the encouraging part is there are several surgical options available. These surgeries are safe & painless and aid in treating short-sightedness, hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia.
Note: The CentreForSight.net article was published prior to FDA approval on the eye drops, which are reported to only serve as an alternative to reading glasses.
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Vision Aides, 2022
While for now vision drops are prescribed as a possible option for reading glasses, the science behind them may one day help alleviate other vision-related issues.
In a December, 2021 CNET.com article about Vuity, entitled “A New Eye Drop Can Treat Age-Related Blurry Vision. What to Know,” writer Jessica Randall elaborates: Nearsightedness (myopia) is a completely different eye condition, where a person has trouble seeing at the distance but can see fine up close. The mechanism that makes the eye drops work would not work for people who are nearsighted.
Competition for Vuity, though, is coming soon.
In April, 2022, Endpoints News reported “Orasis Will Ship its Vuity Eye Drop Competitor to the FDA Later This Year With Two PhIII Wins. As excerpted from the article: AbbVie, through its $63 billion Allergan buy, secured the first FDA nod for an eye drop for presbyopia with the October greenlight of Vuity. But Orasis, with a mere $30 million Series C disclosed 19 months ago, thinks it can carve its own niche in the ophthalmology market with an eye drop that the biotech claims is successful at helping patients see better with a minimum effective dose that is about one -third the concentration of AbbVie’s treatment.
The Endpoints News article goes on to state other pharmaceutical companies are introducing their own version of eye drops for vision improvement in the coming months.
As for near-sightedness, scientists continue to work on drops for that purpose. See an archived November, 2015 Washington Post article on the matter here, titled “Scientists Hope to Curb the Nearsightedness Epidemic With Eye Drops,” which states: In a five-year clinical trial conducted in Singapore, drops of a drug called atropine seemed to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. Intriguingly, researchers found that a lower dose of the drug was more effective than higher dosages, in addition to risking fewer side effects.
While it appears all-purpose glasses are not going away imminently, as these formulae become more available and recognized on the market, the possibility exists.
To reiterate, only a medical professional can determine proper casualty and treatment for your eyes. If you do not wear glasses for any reason and yet are concerned that you may need them, contact an eye professional imminently.
If you believe the eye drops may be right for you, they are available only under a doctor’s prescription.
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