Actress, activist, director and entrepreneur Eva Longoria is adding a new cause to her hit list—that of helping Allergan, an Abbvie Company, get out the good word regarding VUITY, the first and only FDA-approved prescription eye drop to treat a condition called presbyopia, which affects nearly half of the US adult population. As Longoria shares, she started experiencing difficulty in seeing up close in her early 40s, was recently prescribed the drops by her doctor, and has been using it daily since.
Why this partnership?
“A couple of years ago, I started doing the thing where I was moving the phone away, widening the font. I even got to the point where it was hard for me to read my son’s children’s book—who made the font so small! I went to my eye doctor, and he told me I had age-related blurry near vision and he prescribed VUITY. It’s the first and only FDA-approved prescription eye drops to treat this age-related blurry near vision. I had no idea it even existed, and now I use one drop a day and it helps me to see up close.”
That’s amazing. Has this replaced reading glasses for you?
“It hasn’t replaced them, but it’s given them a break.”
You said the blurriness started in your early 40s. What else can you share that changed for you at that age?
“Eating. I have to really pay attention to what I eat now. I enjoy life and I enjoy eating, but I have to pay attention to my eating and my sleeping—the two things are really related. You won’t sleep well if you eat too late, and if you eat too late, you won’t sleep well. Plus, your heart rate stays up and then you’re not really getting the deep sleep, which is restorative sleep. Once I connected the dots on those two things it was like, ‘Oh, okay, yes, I need to pay attention and be more aware.’ It’s not like I’m on a crazy diet—I eat really well and I eat what I enjoy and I love my tequila, but, for the most part, that was probably the biggest discovery for me.”
Has wellness changed for you during the past two years?
“Obviously, being in lockdown gave me more time to work out, but it also gave me something to do for my mental health—for me, working out is a mental health hour. Of course, it has its physical benefits, but if I don’t get it done in the day, my mind is not as sharp. I’m grumpy, I’m more tired. I got into the habit of working out during lockdown, because I had the time, but now it’s a habit that I can’t live without.”
At the beginning of the pandemic, you made a video covering your grays at-home and people went crazy for it. What are some of your favorite beauty products right now?
“Yes! I was very much, ‘I’m ready to go gray! What a perfect time, nobody’s going to see me!’ Until it grew about three inches and I’m not ready at all. In the meantime, because I couldn’t get to the salon and my hairdresser couldn’t come to me, I was using L’Oreal Paris’ Magic Root Cover Up—it’s amazing. I did that video and it got like 2 million views. But it really is my favorite beauty product still, because I go gray literally weekly. I color my hair and then, the next thing I know, I’m gray. It just grows so fast. This is a really, really great product in-between touchups, it has all colors and it never transfers. It’s my favorite product.”
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