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December 1984

A Fresh Look at Iontophoresis

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Ophthalmology, Stanford (Calif) University Medical Center.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(12):1825-1829. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031483028

• The rate of penetration of fluorescein and gentamicin ions into the anterior chamber of the rabbit was increased more than 100-fold by the passage of 1 mamp; the amount of drug that penetrates is better controlled by iontophoresis than by instillation. The potential value, the safety and the limitations of this procedure are discussed, and a theoretical basis for the increase is provided. Practical methods of using iontophoresis in the clinic are described. A 30-s application should result in a therapeutic level of the antibiotic in the anterior segment over a 12-hour period in eyes with an intact epithelium.