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Don't Open Eyes Technique for Eye Drop Instillation

Aka: Don't Open Eyes Technique for Eye Drop Instillation, DOT for Topical Ophthalmic
  1. Indications
    1. Reduces systemic absorption of ophthalmic preparations (e.g. ophthalmic Beta Blockers)
  2. Technique
    1. Keep eyes closed for 1-5 minutes following installation of eye drops
  3. Mechanism
    1. Keeping eyes closed limits drainage of ophthalmic medication into tear ducts where greater absorption can occur
  4. References
    1. (2013) Presc Lett 20(7):40

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