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Study: Contamination of ophthalmic solutions (hmm... have we got a solution for you)

Ran across an Ocular Surgery News report on a British Journal of Ophthalmology study (October issue) which found a pretty frightening 8% of eyedrops - particularly steroids, but also including a couple of drops for dry eyes, presumably OTC lubricants - that were in use at a long-term-care facility were contaminated.

One of the comments of the authors:

The frequent contamination during reuse of certain steroid-containing ophthalmic solutions raises the question of whether single-use solutions might be preferred for these and other classes of ocular drugs

Hey, any study that will help encourage development of unpreserved unit doses of any and all prescription eyedrops is welcome around here. Keep it up boys & girls.