Please Bring This Card To Your Next Visit Callwith Any Questions Or Problems

Figure 11.2. Medication card listing medications, frequency of dosing, eye that receives medication, and exact times of day for dosing. This card shows color of bottle top, label, or pill to assist patient in recognizing correct drug.

Clinicians should also inform patients about their disease. Patients will have little incentive to take three or more medications a day if they do not know why they are taking them. Patients need to be given information about their disease, why treatment is required, and what the potential side effects of treatment or treatment failure may be. This can be accomplished verbally by the physician or nurse or technician, and then reinforced with video or written materials, if appropriate for the patient's level of sight or intellect.

Additionally, new dosing and compliance aids have been introduced to assist patients in taking their drops. These aids vary, offering support for patients who lack the dexterity to use drops, providing audible and visible reminders to take drops, and in one case, making a digital record of patients' dosing history for the physician to review. These new devices could allow physicians to better identify patients who are nonadherent to therapeutic regimens and may alternatively benefit from reeducation, laser treatment, or more invasive surgical intervention.19,20

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