Eye Medication Administration

Eye Medication Administration

During an eye examination, eyedrops can be used to anesthetize the eye, dilate the pupil to facilitate examination, and stain the cornea to identify corneal abrasions, scars, and other anomalies. Eye medications can also be used to lubricate the eye, treat certain eye conditions (such as glaucoma and infections), protect the vision of neonates, and lubricate the eye socket for insertion of a prosthetic eye.

Understanding the ocular effects of medications is important because certain drugs may cause eye disorders or have serious ocular effects. For example, anticholinergics, which are commonly used during eye examinations, can precipitate acute glaucoma in patients with a predisposition to the disorder.

Preparation of Equipment

Make sure the medication is labeled for ophthalmic use.1 Then check the expiration date. Remember to date the container the first time you use the medication.2 Follow your facility’s policy or manufacturer’s recommendations on when to discard an opened eye medication.

If the tip of an eye ointment tube has crusted, turn the tip on a sterile gauze pad to remove the crust.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Eye Medication Administration

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