Ability of Patients With Low Vision to Properly Instill Eye Drops

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 26, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 26, 2010
Information provided by:
Mid-Atlantic Glaucoma Experts

Brief Summary:
The investigators are interested in seeing how people with low vision (decreased visual acuity or restricted visual fields) instill eye drops into their own eyes. The investigators hypothesis is that this population will have more difficulty with self-instillation of drops than a better-seeing population. The investigators aim to explore whatever factors may be involved in preventing this population from getting prescribed eyedrops into their eyes, whether it is more related to visual field or visual acuity.

Condition or disease
Glaucoma Retinal Pathology

Detailed Description:
This is a study that involves a questionnaire that a study participant fills out, detailing their experience with eyedrops (if any), followed by a video recording of them instilling artificial tears into their worse-seeing eye, with their dominant hand. Patients must have visual acuity worse than 20/60 in at least one eye, and/or have a recent visual field that demonstrated Hodapp criteria for Moderate or Severe visual field damage. This is an observational study of how patients with low vision due to either glaucoma or retinal disease instill eyedrops. Each video will be "graded" by the principal investigator for "success" at instilling eyedrops, and patients will be stratified by their visual acuity or visual field, and whether they have a primary diagnosis of glaucoma or retinal disease.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Objective Evaluation of the Ability of Patients With Decreased Vision or Restricted Visual Fields to Properly Instill Eye Drops
Study Start Date : September 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Glaucoma

Glaucoma patients
This is a group of patients with restricted visual fields or ETDRS visual acuity of 20/60 or worse
Retina patients
A group of patients with retinal pathology(ARMD, CME, diabetic retinopathy) contributing to their decreased vision.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Successful instillation of a single eyedrop onto the surface of the eye [ Time Frame: 2 minutes ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients reporting for appointments at outpatients referral practices shared by 2 glaucoma and 3 retina specialists

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ETDRS visual acuity 20/60 or worse

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unwilling to participate
  • Light perception vision
  • No light perception vision

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00760240

United States, Maryland
Glaucoma Specialists/Retina Care Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21209
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mid-Atlantic Glaucoma Experts

Responsible Party: Amy L Hennessy, Mid-Atlantic Glaucoma Experts Identifier: NCT00760240     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SI-08-64
First Posted: September 26, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 26, 2010
Last Verified: April 2010

Keywords provided by Mid-Atlantic Glaucoma Experts:
eyedrop instillation
How patients with low vision due to glaucoma or retinal pathology instill eyedrops into their own eyes.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ocular Hypertension
Eye Diseases
Ophthalmic Solutions
Pharmaceutical Solutions