Letters to the Editor
- Peter Bayly, Dr Steiner
- Aust Prescr 2008;31:88-9
- 1 August 2008
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2008.052
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Editor, – The excellent article by Michael Steiner (Aust Prescr 2008;31:16-17) prompts me to submit an alternative method demonstrated by an ophthalmologist many years ago. It is particularly useful when drops are to be administered to children and elderly people.
It involves approaching the eye from across the nose into the corner near the nose so that the dropper is unseen and the tendency to blink is reduced. Even with the eye closed the drops eventually enter the area around the eye as shown by a study with pilocarpine at the time.
Dr Steiner, author of the article, comments:
There are of course many ways that eye drops can be instilled and that described by Peter Bayly is especially useful in fractious, frightened children. The only minor problem with it is the small risk of washing skin flora into the conjunctival sac. However, it is useful when more traditional techniques are not possible.
Consultant pharmacist, Burnside, SA