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Optometric Technician

Mahala attended Impact Masters Commission where she received her certificate in ministry. Prior to that, Mahala earned her cosmetology license where she learned she loves taking care of the people around her. She, her husband and their German Shepherd mix named Willow reside in Danville. Mahala is one of our talented technicians and is responsible for preparing our patients to see Drs. Allen and Blazek. She enjoys painting, crochet and hiking. She is expecting a new baby in March 2023. 

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.