Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Patients Have Poor Techniques in Glaucoma Self-Care

Dr. Alan L. Robin and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University have conducted a study on a glaucoma patient’s ability to use eye-drops appropriately. Of the 139 patients tested, 92.8% reported no problems, 61.9% reported never missing their eye, 79.2% said they never touched their eye with the tip, and 61.9% reported washing hands before usage. After examination of video recordings only 30.8% didn’t touch the eye even with the larger bottle, and only 1.7% actually washed their hands. Dr. Robin believes that training for patients is left-out by hurried doctors used to prescribing only pills.

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