A new study finds that the majority of people who self-administer eye drops to manage their glaucoma are having trouble hitting the target. More than 25% of those studied failed to get the drops in their eyes. Of those who were successful, few were able to give themselves exactly the right dosage. Researchers were surprised by the low success rate and by the fact that most people did not realize that they were having trouble getting the study’s required single drop in each eye.
Study authors say that this proves that eye care providers should teach patients the best way 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. Family members and certain devices may also be of help.