Facilitates administration of medicated drops
This ophthalmic tool automates the administration of eye drops for easier and more accurate instillation. Certain patients, including those with coordination problems, some elderly individuals, and young children, lack the dexterity needed to gently pull down their lower eyelids and instill the prescribed number of medicated drops in their conjunctival sacs. These drugs are less effective when improperly applied and difficulty with administration can lead to decreased compliance with dosing schedules, which can prolong illness. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a tool that allows for instillation of eye drops through eye glass frames. This device promises to increase the efficacy of medicated eye drops and capture a significant portion of the more-than-$16 billion-a-year global ophthalmic drugs market.
ApplicationTool for administering medicated eye drops
- Tunable and automated delivery reduces user error, resulting in better treatment outcomes
- Adjustable dosage ensures that a consistent volume of fluid is created and delivered into the eye, facilitating proper administration
- Uses a frame similar to that of eyeglasses, enhancing patient comfort and ease of use