We often get excited about new drugs that come to the market and the benefits they offer. Because of a new ad campaign by Allergan, you may have caught up in the excitement of a very OLD drug that’s been released for a new purpose. Vuity, is an Ophthalmic solution containing pilocarpine hydrochloride 1.25%. Pilocarpine isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around for decades as a treatment for glaucoma. Many years ago it was a primary, front-line drug for treating glaucoma, but no longer. Vuity is a weak diluted version of Pilocarpine designed to help people over 40 years of age read without glasses. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
But does Vuity work? Yes, in some cases it works well. In some cases it doesn’t work well at all. In addition, there are side effects that make it not worth using, even when it does work. Headaches are fairly common, and there are rare complications that need to be considered, including retinal detachment.
Bottom line? If you’re interested in learning more, especially to see if you’re a good candidate to try Vuity, contact our office to schedule a visit with one of our doctors to find out just what your options are, and what risks you may need to be aware of.