Monday, September 6, 2010

Elderly Have Difficulty Administering Eyedrops

Buildup of internal eye pressure (Glaucoma) is one of the main causes of vision damage. Standard treatment relies on the patient administering pressure-lowering drops to each eye.

In a recent study patients frequently applied drops to their eyes incorrectly by either adding too few or too many drops or by touching the eye with the applicator. Many of those participants who thought they were applying the drops correctly were in fact not, according to numerous videos of their home routines.

Eye care providers need to teach their patients the best procedure to administer the drops, "which is usually with a mirror, tilting the head back and placing the drop in the eye while holding down the lower eyelid."

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1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

People with disabilities do too. I put a friends drops in every day while he healed. His hands shook too much for him to do it. WHAT were his doctors thinking? NOT EVERYONE HAS "PEOPLE"!!