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How to administer eye drops and ointments



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The authors of our free article this week explains why eye medication must be given the same priority as drugs administered systemically.

We have all struggled to administer eye drops and ointments to patients who find them difficult to tolerate and this article offers some useful tips to help overcome these barriers to effective treatment.

After reading the article consider:

  • Why are eye drops and ointments prescribed?
  • What complications are associated with administration of these topical drugs?
  • How would you explain the procedure for the administration of eye drops and ointments to a student nurse?

Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Commissioning Editor


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