New eye drops can help aging people see better
When people get into their 40s and beyond, their close-up vision starts to worsen. For many people, cranking up the font size on a phone or maxing out the brightness on a computer is the only way to be able to read some text. This condition is known as presbyopia, and it affects more than a billion people worldwide.

Vuity is currently approved for once-daily use in each eye. For some people, it could be a great alternative or adjunct to glasses or surgery. Once you put the drops in your eyes, it takes about 15 minutes for the active ingredient, pilocarpine, to begin working. Pilocarpine is a medication that was first discovered in the late 1800s, and can treat conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The effect on pupils lasts for about six hours. Smaller pupils mean that less light gets into the eye. While this isn't a problem during the day when there is a lot of sun, it can cause difficulty seeing in low-lighting conditions. Aside from these downsides, the most common side effects of the drops are headache and red eyes.

For now, Vuity—while not a magic cure for everyone with presbyopia—is an innovative option and may be worth asking your eye doctor about.