J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  1990 Apr;31(4):419-424.

Investigation for the Uses of Topical Ophthalmic Drugs Without Doctor's Prescription

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

A questionnaire to investigate the uses of topical ophthalmic drugs without doctor's presciption was made up to the general public. The subjects of study were 446 outpatients' guardians, and 46.1% of them had an experience of purchasing the topical ophthalmic drugs without doctor's prescription. The main cause of purchasing the drugs is conjunctival hyperemia. The kinds of drugs used were 8 of anti-infectives, 5 of corticosteroids, 5 of decongestants, and 2 of others, of which the decongestants were the most purchased drugs without doctor's prescription. About one third of them used the drugs irregulary, or more than 1 month. The rate of no improvement after the use of drugs was 58.8%.

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questionnaire; topical ophthalmic drugs
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