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    New eye drop assistant helps drive compliance

    New innovation in eye drop instillation helps transfer drops to patients’ eyes

     

    Contamination of the dropper tip is a consideration. Sometimes, poor communication or understanding of medication use is the culprit of a patient’s non-adherence to therapy.2

    Additionally, poor dexterity, grip strength, and poor aim may make eye drop instillation difficult with product waste common. In 1976, Fraunfelder—considering gravity, blinking, lid closure, head position, and area of eye drop drug instillation on ocular contact time—investigated the best way to instill eye drops. To date, ODs recommend the same instructions outlined in this study.3,4

    Related: Complementary and alternative medicine help dry eye patients

    Innovation in instillation

    I have evaluated gadgets to squeeze dropper bottles and guide drops into the eye. Patients have found these gizmos of limited utility.

    Through the laws of physics, Magic Touch is a simple, ingenious device that assists patients in instilling eye drop medications. Magic Touch, made of medical-grade, anti-microbial silicone (infused silver ions prevent contamination) looks like a thimble.5

    At the very top of the fingertip applicator is a tiny reservoir. Surface tension holds a single drop of fluid at the top of the applicator. As one would apply a contact lens, the fingertip device is brought close to the eye. Once the drop at the tip of the applicator touches the lid margin or the lid cul-de-sac, capillary action delivers the eye drop to the ocular surface.

    Patients do not need to lie down or tip their heads to use the applicator; they self-guide the balanced drop to their eye.

    A tiny gadget may be the answer to help patients with prescribed therapy. Sometimes, life-changing, novel inventions can drive compliance and therapeutic success for your patients.

     

    References

    1. Hennessy AL, Katz J, Covert D, Protzko C, Robin AL. Videotaped evaluation of eyedrop instillation in glaucoma patients with visual impairment or moderate to severe visual field loss. Ophthalmology. 2010 Dec;117(12):2345-52.

    2. Slota C, Sayner R, Vitko M, Carpenter DM, Blalock SJ, Robin AL, Muir KW, Hartnett ME, Sleath B. Glaucoma Patient Expression of Medication Problems and Nonadherence. Optom Vis Sci. 2015 May;92(5):537-543.

    3. Fraunfelder FT. Extraocular fluid dynamics: how best to apply topical ocular medication. Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc. 1976; 74: 457–487.

    4. Schuster, B. Is There a “Best Technique” for Putting in Eye Drops? Glaucoma Research Foundation. Available at: http://www.glaucoma.org/gleams/eyedrop-techniques-questions-and-answers-.... Accessed 9/6/2017.  

    5. Magic Touch Eye. Experience the Magic. Available at: https://magic-touch-eye.myshopify.com/. Accessed 9/6/17.

    Read more from Dr. Mastrota here

    Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
    Director of Optometry, New York Hotel Trades Council, Hotel Association of New York City, Health Center, Inc.

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