Almost everyone has used eyedrops at least once in their lifetime and usually the liquid spills one the eyelid or the cheeks as well. Pharmaceutical companies are well aware of this but that does not mean that you are missing.
The typical drop is made of glaucoma drugs and they cost more than over the counter bottles. If the drops were pills, every time someone would swallow a pill, they would need to throw one as well.
Specialists are frustrated by the waste
Dr. Alan Robin, glaucoma specialist is frustrated by this fact, especially because his patients struggle to make the most out of the pricey eyedrop bottles. He has always suggested to pharmaceutical companies to make smaller drops but so far he was not lucky in making them change.
It is not the only manner in which money is wasted in health care. Hospitals are known for throwing out new supplies, nursing homes flush medication and most drug companies concoct costly combinations of drugs.
Medical and pharmaceutical companies do not care
The waste is not a secret but most companies do not try and better things. After all the consumers are paying the price.
Glaucoma medication can cost hundreds of dollars and it does not last long.
In 2016 in the US drug companies brought in 3.4 billion $ in dry eyes drops and glaucoma drops. According to some research, it is possible to waste fewer eye drops and save some money.
Alcon Laboratories developed in the 90s micro eyedrops but somehow the study was not taken further.
Bill York, head of the research lab at the Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth concluded that eye irritation can also be overcome with smaller eyedrops. Some drops are twice what the eye needs.