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Kate

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Kate is our ophthalmic technician. She performs special testing and gathers data from our patients before Dr. Allen completes the exam. Kate is a graduate from St. Mary of the Woods College. She was a flight attendant before going into the optical industry. She also has experience as a pharmacy technician and is instrumental in submitting and handling prescription refills for our patients. You will recognize Kate by her friendly smile and warm greeting you will receive when meeting her!

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Most people between the ages of 40-45 start to have difficulty seeing up close. This is called Presbyopia and slowly progresses until about the age of 65. This is a normal change due to the lens in the eye hardening and losing flexibility.

Vuity is 1.25% pilocarpine. This is not a new drug. It has been on the market for decades and is used to temporarily shrink the pupil size. It is now being rebranded as a drop that can help improve near vision. How does this work? By shrinking the pupil size, physics tells us this can increase our depth of focus. This drop will not CURE presbyopia. It can improve it while the drop is active and the near blur will return when the dose wears off after approximately 4-6 hours. This drop is recommended for individuals ages 40-55.

Dosage: one drop in each eye once per day. Side effects: possible brown ache or a mild headache. The cost at this time is about $80-90 per month at most pharmacies and insurance does not apply.