We need smaller eyedroppers, stat. As ProPublica has reported, eyedrops are so large that they contain more liquid than can possibly fit into your eye. Fortunately, an adaptor may be on the way that won't waste half of your pricey glaucoma medication.
You may not mind seeing your generic chemist eyedrops roll down your cheek, but expensive medications are packaged in the same type of bottles. For example, US drug pricing site GoodRx reports that common post-surgery eyedrops include steroids and antibiotics that can run over $US200 for a small bottle. Some glaucoma medications cost even more.
In Australia, you rarely need to pay full price for eye medication thanks to Medicare. However, even if you get yours free, do you really want to ruin your makeup and/or drip it all over the floor?
It's for this reason that I'm looking forward to the Nanodropper, which is currently in the prototype stage. Its makers, including research scientist Allisa Song, won a design competition recently and are looking for funding to manufacture their device.
It's basically a cheap adaptor that you can screw onto a standard eyedropper bottle. If the adaptor takes off, you can rest assured that it - or something like it - will become available Down Under to ensure every last drop of that eye medication makes it into our eyes, where it belongs.