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November 22, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;236(21):2371-2380. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270220003001

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Research leads to more effective way of administering eyedrops  Yes—there is a better way to put in eyedrops, according to a report presented at a recent meeting of ophthalmologists."Eyedrops may not seem very important to many physicians, but thousands of people use them every day, and the patient simply does not get maximum benefit from the medication if he puts them in wrong," says Frederick T. Fraunfelder, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, Little Rock.He made the report at the Las Vegas meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. The report was based on research with radioactive isotope-labeled eyedrops, and Dr Fraunfelder summed up the results in an interview:"The method is really very simple. One must tell the patient to pull his lower eyelid away from