Magazine article Drug Topics

Coming: Eyeglasses That Splash Drops Directly into Eyes

Magazine article Drug Topics

Coming: Eyeglasses That Splash Drops Directly into Eyes

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Do you have patients who moan and groan about the arduous task of trying to insert drops into their eye? Well, if an electrical engineering professor at Tufts University has his way, an easier method is coming soon.

Van Toi Vo, an associate professor of electrical engineering at Tufts, Bedford, Mass., told Drug Topics about a device he invented that is currently being tested on eye patients at a hospital in Switzerland. His creation, when connected to a pair of eyeglasses, will inject a tiny amount of eye drops or medication directly into the wearer's eye.

"Successful treatment for those who have eye infections or diseases such as glaucoma depends on the patient's discipline with the medication regimen," Vo said. "Drops can be difficult to apply, and too large a dose can cause adverse side effects." His new device makes it easier for the patient to comply, he claimed. …

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