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Accuracy and performance of a commercially available Dosing Aid
  1. Tara H Cronin,
  2. Malik Y Kahook,
  3. Kira L Lathrop,
  4. Robert J Noecker
  1. UPMC Eye Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Robert J Noecker University of Pittsburgh, 203 Lothrop Street, Suite 800, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA; noeckerrj{at}upmc.edu

Abstract

Aim: To evaluate the recently introduced Travatan Dosing Aid (TDA) for its accuracy in recording and dispensing eyedrops.

Methods: The number of eyedrops dispensed with each lever depression and agreement of total number of drops dispensed with that recorded by the device was evaluated in a controlled setting.

Results: The TDA correctly recorded a drop being dispensed 100% of the time with full TDA lever depression for <3 s. Under these conditions, agreement between numbers of drops dispensed and recorded was 99%. However, failure to fully depress the lever or prolonged lever depression for >4 s resulted in unreliable TDA recording.

Conclusion: Eyedrops were reliably recorded by the TDA after each full lever depression. However, patients need to be instructed about optimal technique so that evaluation of compliance is not confounded by mechanical factors.

  • TDA, Travatan Dosing Aid

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Footnotes

  • Published Online First 17 August 2006

  • Competing interests: RJN and MYK have received speaking fees from Alcon.

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