One of the most exasperating do-it-your-self problems is administering eye drops. The drops often land on the eyelids or the face. The patient screws up his eye at the critical moment, or the fluid gushes, spurts, or dribbles.
Many eye patients are elderly people who live by themselves. They find it hard to locate a skilled and willing neighbor to administer the drops. Anyone with eye disease is likely to have poor vision and thus has double trouble in medicating his eye. It is no secret that children are difficult patients.
Yet in this atomic age, this age of electric brains and universal mechanization, we are still messing (the word is well chosen) with an eye-dropper design that antedates the horsecar. This presentation deals with a device that will allow self-administration, make it easier to apply drops to the eyes of children or nervous people, and costs so little that
DENGROVE E. Self-Administering Eye Dropper and Irrigator. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(2):317-318. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220020143021