Do Eye Drops Work?
Traditionally, eye drops have been used. But they often aren’t a satisfactory intervention because of:
- Compliance—people don’t always put the drops in
- Competency—people often miss the eye or put the wrong amount in the eye
The Wilmer Glaucoma Center of Excellence has been studying this for five years and reports on their website:
- Of patients who are given a new prescription for glaucoma drops, 25% never fill the second one after getting their first bottle, (they had not stopped because the doctor had switched them to another drop).
- Of those who fill the second prescription, only half of all the patients are still taking their drops regularly at the end of the first year. This includes those who switched or went on to surgery or something else.
This is concerning because more damage to the eye may be occurring which makes ultimate surgical intervention more difficult.