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First Ever Eye Drop to Treat Presbyopia--Now FDA Approved!

The Waring Vision Institute served as the principal investigator for the first eye drop in history to treat presbyopia (age-related blurry near vision). These new eye drops are called VUITY™, and they were just approved by the FDA on Friday, October 29th.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the name for age-related blurry near vision. This is a common, progressive condition that reduces your eye’s ability to focus on near objects. In a non-presbyopic eye, the clear lens behind the iris can change shape in order to focus light to the retina, which makes it easier to see things clearly up close. When a person has presbyopia, the clear lens hardens and does not change shape as easily, which is why it is more difficult to focus on near objects. This usually affects adults over the age of 40.

Most adults begin to experience presbyopia as they age. You may find yourself needing reading glasses, holding text further away from your eyes, increasing the font size on your phone or screen, or looking for brighter lighting to help you see. Specifically designed for presbyopia, VUITY is a first-of-its-kind once-daily eye drop that addresses this concern in a completely new way.

How does VUITY work?

Dr. Waring was quoted in a significant number of press releases about this exciting news, stating: "As we age, the lenses of our eyes become less flexible, making it more difficult to focus on things up close. VUITY offers a novel, safe, well-tolerated and effective alternative to current options for managing age-related blurry near vision," said George O. Waring IV, MD, FACS, medical director, Waring Vision Institute, South Carolina, and GEMINI 1 and GEMINI 2 principal study investigator.

"I am particularly encouraged by the rapid onset of action and duration of efficacy for VUITY to improve near and intermediate vision without impacting distance vision with one drop daily, particularly for those with mild to moderate presbyopia."

VUITY is an optimized formulation of pilocarpine, which is an eye care therapeutic that affects and optimizes the eye’s ability to contract. This optimized form of pilocarpine is delivered with pHast™ technology. This technology allows VUITY to use the eye's own ability to change the shape of the iris and focus light to the retina, which makes it possible to see things clearly up close. With VUITY, the near vision is improved, but there is no effect on distance vision.

How long do VUITY eye drops last?

Clinical studies demonstrated VUITY works in as quickly as 15 minutes, and lasts for up to 6 hours to improve your near and intermediate vision without impacting your distance vision.

Details about VUITY

Candidates for VUITY are experiencing age-related blurry vision and are not allergic to any of the ingredients.

If you wear contact lenses, they should be removed prior to VUITY™ use and can be reinserted 10 minutes after dosing.

If more than one topical eye medication is being used, they should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

When using VUITY, use caution with night driving or with hazardous activities performed in low-light conditions.

The most common side effects are headache and eye redness.

Healio - OSN Video Perspective with George O. Waring IV, MD

When will VUITY eye drops be available?

The Waring Vision Institute is honored to be one of the first to be able to offer VUITY eye drops, which will be available in a few months. We will have a waiting list for patients who would like to get a prescription for VUITY.

The Waring Institute

George O. Waring IV, MD FACS is the founder and Medical Director of the Waring Vision Institute. Dr. Waring is a highly experienced opthalmologist at the top of his field, and an expert in the field of refractive and cataract surgery. He is the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and the Director of Refractive Surgery at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Storm Eye Institute.

He is honored to be the principal study investigator with clinical studies that advance the field of eye care, all toward improving people’s vision and quality of life.

George Waring IV MD FACS

735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-592-3955

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