Managing Common Eye Conditions in the Pharmacy

US Pharmacist 

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Role of the Pharmacist

Pharmacists should demonstrate the proper use of ophthalmic drops to patients so that the medication is applied correctly. Leaflets that instruct patients on how to instill eye drops are readily available and should be used to reinforce the explanation. Table 2 lists the symptoms that require immediate referral. As a rule of thumb, any patients presenting with pain in the eye should be referred for further investigation immediately. Many symptoms, particularly dryness, watery eyes, and redness, are common to a number of ocular conditions. While pharmacists are not experts in treating eye conditions, they are in a position to give patients advice based upon the symptoms presented and explain the correct use of the medications.

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