Ophthalmology Book


Don't Open Eyes Technique for Eye Drop Instillation

Aka: Don't Open Eyes Technique for Eye Drop Instillation, DOT for Topical Ophthalmic
  1. Indications
    1. Reduces systemic absorption of ophthalmic preparations
      1. Ophthalmic Beta Blockers have been associated with Beta Blocker Toxicity
  2. Technique
    1. Keep eyes closed for 1-5 minutes following installation of eye drops
    2. Consider also applying pressure at lacrimal ducts to prevent drainage
  3. Mechanism
    1. Keeping eyes closed limits drainage of ophthalmic medication into tear ducts where greater absorption can occur
  4. References
    1. (2013) Presc Lett 20(7):40

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