Glaucoma Tip 2 of 2 from Guide

NEW EYEDROP DEVICES:
Several drug companies that make eyedrops for glaucoma are testing devices that make it easier for you to administer your eyedrops without wasting any. Such a device could save you money and frustration, if it works for you. The device (pictured at right) requires you to:

1) Place the bottle in the device
2) Remove the cap
3) Squeeze the lever handle until one drop is dispensed.

As you can see, there is a guide to place over your eye that helps your aim, but it won't help if you close your eyes. The device also has an alarm to remind you to take your drops and it records the date you use them. At my office we are able to place the device on a computer and see how many of the drops you actually used. This is not "big brother" checking up on you but a way for me to gently remind you that you may not be as diligent as you think about administering your drops. The drops won't help if you don't use them.

We are currently testing devices from 2 different companies and, of course, each device is only useful with the drops produced by that particular company. Hopefully, they will be given to you at no charge. I should have a good idea by the end of the year how well they work and how useful they are. I might ask some of you to try them to see how much you like them.

Eyedrop Device
Showing Use of Eyedrop Device

About Dr. Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss, M.D. was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree, with a major in history and membership in a pre-medical Honor Society, at Johns Hopkins University. He attended Medical School at Temple University and interned at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Weiss served in the military at Claremore Indian Hospital in general practice. After his military service, he returned to Chicago where he entered a specialty training program in Ophthalmology at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newell, editor of one of the major ophthalmic journals. Dr. Weiss was awarded a prestigious Heed Fellowship and spent an additional year at Presbyterian- St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago studying with Dr. Joseph Haas, internationally recognized clinician in glaucoma. In private practice in ophthalmology in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1976, Dr. Weiss specializes in the treatment of glaucoma.
A Patient's
Guide to Glaucoma

is an illustrated booklet written by Dr. Weiss for the layman. In it he discusses the indications, symptoms, progression, and treatment of glaucoma, an eye disorder that can lead to blindness in people of all ages if not properly diagnosed and treated in its early stages.

TOPICS THE GUIDE COVERS IN DETAIL ARE:

1. What is Glaucoma? It occurs when there is an elevation in the intraocular pressure associated with changes in the nerve of the eye that initially result in the loss of side vision.

2. Can Glaucoma be Treated? Yes, but once a patient has glaucoma it never disappears. Dr. Weiss provides a treatment regimen consistent with the progression of the disease by prescribing: 1) eye drops, 2) pills 3) laser surgery and 4) conventional eye surgery, in that order.

His Guide also provides answers to dozens of other common questions patients have about glaucoma.

"Experience has proven that patience and careful checking and rechecking is rewarded by positive change. Stick with your medicines and treatment. Your eyes are worth it!" says Dr. Weiss.

 

Glaucoma Tip 1 of 2 from Guide
PROBLEM:
If you are waiting for a brand new exciting eyedrop or drug to cure your glaucoma then I am sorry to disappoint you. There is currently nothing new on the horizon.
BEST SOLUTION:
What is being worked on is an eyedrop that combines xalatan and timolol or travatan and timolol. Although using these drops in combination won't work that much better than using the two drops separately, it does make life easier when you only have to remember to take a single drop once a day. It is clear that the fewer number of drops you have to deal with makes it more likely you will be faithful about using the drops. Anything you can do to help remember using your drops every day is a real plus. The drops work for only a certain period of time and if you forget for a few days, your eye pressure may go up and cause some damage to your eyes.

PROBLEM:
The more of the eye drop that stays within the eye, the less it is absorbed into the body and the better off you are. Retaining the drop medicine in the eye can also be less irritating to your nose.
  SOLUTION:
2 SIMPLE TECHNIQUES WHICH YOU CAN USE TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF EYE DROPS ABSORBED INTO YOUR BODY:
(1)
Place a finger at the inner part of your lids. Holding it there for approximately two minutes will cut down on absorption of drops into the body. You should work on this technique with your doctor in order to avoid error or injury. It is extremely simple to learn to perform effectively.
(2)
An alternative method is to close the eyes gently but firmly for several minutes after dropping the medicine into the eye. This cuts down on the pumping action of the eyelid and decreases the amount of the drop which will be pumped out of the eye into the nose.
 



You can e -mail Dr. Weiss about Glaucoma at:
mweiss@eyeinst.com

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