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New Innovations for Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)

Writings by @DrBridgitte

A natural, often frustrating part of aging is the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects. Symptoms often arise during your early to mid-40s and continue to worsen until around age 65 when cataracts start to form.

You may become aware of symptoms when you start holding phones and books at arm’s length to read them. Presbyopia is managed traditionally through glasses or contact lenses. There is a new treatment option in a prescription eye drop called Vuity.  Surgical treatment options are LASIK and cataract surgeries.  Doctors and staff at Vision Optique are experts in helping you find the right solutions that match your lifestyle and visual needs.  The newest treatment options are listed below:

New Vuity prescription eye drops to reduce the need for readers

VUITY™ (pilocarpine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) 1.25% is a prescription eye drop used to treat age-related blurry near vision (presbyopia) in adults.  

As we age, it becomes harder to see up close. Vision Optique is among the first clinics in the country to offer this FDA-approved eye drop. A comprehensive annual eye exam and OPTOS retina image within the past 12 months are required before doctors can prescribe this eye drop.  

New Upneeq prescription eye drops to reduce droopy eyelids

UPNEEQ® (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution), 0.1% is a prescription eyedrop used to treat acquired blepharoptosis (droopy eyelids) in adults.

84% of patients in clinical trials had some form of improvement, 74% of patients had more than a 50% improvement. 

In addition, patients notice reduced lower lid eye bags and improved brightness of the “eye whites”.

A comprehensive annual eye exam and systemic health review within the past 12 months are required before doctors can prescribe this eye drop.

Email [email protected] or call 713-838-2020 to see if you are a good candidate for Vuity and Upneeq, and to schedule an updated annual eye exam.

Multifocal contact lenses, including correction for astigmatism

In 2021, three new multifocal contact lenses were launched. One of them offers correction for astigmatism in addition to presbyopia. They all provide multiple correction zones tailored to your personal prescription, allowing you to see more clearly at all distances. Contact us to see which one fits your visual demands and lifestyle.

Newest generation of Varilux® progressive lenses 

Find sharp vision with smooth transitions for all distances. A new generation of Varilux® progressive lenses expands your mid-range or computer-distance vision. Lens treatments include medical grade blue light protection in addition to full UV, anti-glare, anti-scratch treatments.  

FDA Clinical Trials for Presbyopia Correction

Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee leads a team that conducts FDA clinical trials on various presbyopia correction options. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and European Academy of Optometry, a fellow and global ambassador for the British Contact Lends Association and an appointee to the next Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Dry Eye Workshop.

If you are interested in participating in one of our upcoming clinical trials, please email: [email protected]

to be added to the patient list.

Written by Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee

Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee earned her Doctor of Optometry degree magna cum laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry. She is the co-founder of Vision Optique® and founder of iTravelCE®. Dr. Shen Lee writes and lectures on the topics of Digital Eye Health® , Dry Eye Disease, Anti-Aging Eye Care, Health Care Social Media, and Ocular Aesthetics. She has presented lectures, seminars, and scientific posters globally at the World Council of Optometry, Optometric Management Symposium, SECO International, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), American Academy of Optometry, and Vision Expo.
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