Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter
Drugs for Some Common Eye Disorders
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Drugs for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, bacterial conjunctivitis, and dry eyes are reviewed here. Drugs for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis will be reviewed in a future issue of Treatment Guidelines on Drugs for Allergic Disorders.

In general, all eye drops should be given in doses of only one drop. The average volume of a single drop is larger than the eyelid’s capacity to hold fluid; a second drop only washes out the first, may increase systemic absorption, and doubles the cost. Ophthalmic drugs can have local and systemic adverse effects. In addition, for some elderly patients, the complexity of self-administering numerous ophthalmic drugs may be the limiting factor in their ability to care for themselves.


Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy that is often associated with increased intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the only disease-related variable ... more      

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