https://www.9news.com.au/national/medical-news-new-eye-drops-vuity-offer-a-temporary-solution-for-ageing-eyesight/41c8a41d-46e2-40ff-955b-f10421203a54

New eye drops offer a temporary solution for ageing eyesight

By Savannah Meacham • Associate Producer7:05pm Dec 28, 2021https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.493.0_en.html#goog_609118569Play VideoNew eye drops offer temporary solution to glasses

New eye drops offer a promising temporary solution for reading glasses and have been approved for use in the US.A new treatment for presbyopia, or aging eyes, could soon be used in Australia to help when people lose their reading glasses.Vuity is an everyday eye drop that contains the active ingredient pilocarpine.READ MORE:Almost 500 COVID-19 cases were told they tested negative in Sydney

New eye drops Vuity offer a solution for ageing eyesight.
The new eye drops offer a temporary solution for ageing eyesight. (9News)
New eye drops Vuity offer a solution for ageing eyesight.
The eye drops contain pilocarpine. (9News)

Scientists have discovered pilocarpine can target the muscles that trigger the common condition which is similar to long-sightedness.The drop has been in use to treat glaucoma for some time.Dr Patrick Versace said it is an “amazing breakthrough”.”So you can put the drop in your eye, it constricts the pupil and suddenly things become better focused,” he said.Around 60 per cent of Australians admit their eyesight has decreased with age.READ MORE:NSW records 6062 new COVID-19 cases, one death amid testing chaos

New eye drops Vuity offer a solution for ageing eyesight.
The eye drops have not been approved for use in Australia yet. (9News)

From around 40 years old, presbyopia can affect all Australians, impacting their ability to focus over time.The lens of the eye becomes thicker as we age, which makes it harder to decipher objects or read things close up.Glasses, implants or laser surgery are the current options to assist with presbyopia.”If you can use an eye drop, this is a very attractive option compared to surgery,” an opthalmologist said.”The downside of course is the drops are not 100 per cent effective.”READ MORE:Man injured as ‘sizeable’ explosion destroys Canberra shops

New eye drops Vuity offer a solution for ageing eyesight.
The eye drops are available via prescription in the US (9News)

The eye drop is best for mild to moderate cases or for patients with early-onset presbyopia between the ages of 44 and 55.

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