Don't Rely on Color of Eye Drop Caps

Patients may ask you why eye drops have different-colored caps.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommended years ago that manufacturers use standardized cap colors on eye drop bottles...to help elderly and visually impaired patients identify their meds.

For example, they recommend turquoise caps for prostaglandins (latanoprost, etc) for glaucoma...tan caps for antibiotics (ciprofloxacin, etc)...and grey caps for NSAIDs (ketorolac, etc).

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