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This caught my eye:

Eye Drops Shown to Temporarily Reverse Far-Sightedness in Adults Could Replace Reading Glasses

How temporarily, you might wonder, as I did. Very temporarily, it turns out:

Kedar told Forbes that the drops, which are made out of chemicals that are already found in common eye medications, were shown to immediately reverse farsightedness for a number of hours.

Wow, a number of hours. The article also says:

“CSF-1 can potentially alleviate the burden of reading glasses and offer a meaningful solution for billions of people living with age-related farsightedness worldwide.”

Speaking as someone who just got reading glasses less than a year ago, and is not thrilled about it … I cannot imagine voluntarily putting eyedrops into my eyes multiple times a day, when I could just pick up reading glasses multiple times a day.

Obvious problems with the eyedrops:

–You can take off reading glasses at a moment’s notice. Once the eyedrops are in, you are stuck with their effects for hours.

–You have to, I guess, carry them with you, as the effect is so temporary.

–You have to put them in your eyes.

Now, I fully realize that some people put eyedrops into their eyes all the time. But I could hardly tolerate eyedrops that one day last winter when I was at the ophthalmologist’s, having my eyes checked.

It seems to me we already have a meaningful solution for billions of people — that is probably an overstatement, since I assume that not every single person over fifty needs reading glasses — but anyway we have a solution for people living with age-related farsightedness. This solution is called “reading glasses.”

Get back to me when you have eyedrops that offer a permanent fix for age-related farsightedness. Until then, no thanks.

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3 Comments Somehow not too excited

  1. Robert

    One tip I learned when I wore contact lenses — pull out the lower eyelid to form a pouch and put the drops in that. Much easier than trying to put them on the eyeball directly.

  2. Hanneke

    One thing I’d worry about, as the article didn’t mention it, is if those drops improve focusing at short distances for reading, do they make it harder to focus at long distances?
    That’d mean you can’t drive for hours after taking them, if it’s like trying to drive (or cross a wide street, or look for an escaped dog, etc.) while wearing your reading glasses.

  3. Rachel

    Hanneke, yes, I wondered very much about that too. I need reading glasses for, you know, reading, but wow do they make more distant things blurry.

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