I felt two flashes of uneasiness and anxiety, followed by the thunderbolt of an epiphany: I was reading my text without my glasses on! In a dark car! I can see the entire palette of emojis, down to the stripes on the zebras and the holes in the Swiss cheese.
It wasn’t exactly the moment when the Twelve Rabbit realized he was real, but it still felt very important.
That night, in the warm and bright space of the dining room, I realized my words had faded again. I know the drops can wear off in a few hours and you can only use them once per day. But I still hold the phone, then a book, about an arm’s length, which accentuates my double chin, not wanting to give in to my glasses. I feel like Charlie in “Flowers for Algernon,” slowly reverting back to my old self.
Worse still, the whites of my eyes were a little pink. Picture Campbell’s tomato soup as you add a can of milk. My 20-year-old daughter assures me I don’t look tall: “But her eye bags are bigger than usual,” she says.
The next morning, I put the drops as soon as I woke up. This time, I waited 10 minutes for the suggestion to appear in my contacts. I wasn’t able to read the microscopy instructions in the first round, so missed that detail. For a myopic like me (my myopia is -9.50 in each eye), with a pair of outdated regular glasses, this extra time will be worth it if Vuity works as promised. It didn’t.
Not only did my eyes remain bloodshot, frozen for the five days I used the eye drops, but my nearsightedness never improved significantly enough to make reading glasses redundant. The drops also burn as they enter. I’m not talking about an acid that is painful, like a bump in your eye, but still annoying.
Vuity came in handy when I took Fig within a few hours of taking a dose. I can stop at a corner, look at my phone and understand what I see without fumbling through my pocket for a pair of glasses that will dim as soon as they touch my skin.
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