Have you ever had to apply eye drops? If so, how easy was it? Many people buy eye drops without knowing exactly how to apply eye drops without help from someone else.
Consider the following suggestions from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, and glaucoma foundation:
- Wash your hands before taking the bottle of eye drops.
- Rotate the bottle gently for 30 seconds to thoroughly mix its content.
- Lean your head back and gently pull down the lower eyelid with your index finger.
- Alternatively, look up at the ceiling with both eyes.
- Do not let the bottle touch your eyelid.
- Without touching the tip of the bottle, gentle squeeze the bottle to let one drop fall into the space formed in your lower eyelid.
- Do not blink immediately the drop falls into the pocket (this affects the distribution of the eye drop)
- Close your eyes for a minute, then put gentle pressure on the spot your eyelid joins with your nose.
- Wait for about 3 to 4 minutes before applying another eye drop.
- Do not apply multiple eye drops at once. (If you apply another eye drop before 3 to 4 minutes, it may wash out the first because it takes time for the medicine to be absorbed)
- Replace the cap of the bottle to prevent spillage.
- Use a clean tissue to wipe away any excess medicine and don’t forget to wash your hands again.
- If you have to apply eye drops and ointment, do not apply the eye ointment first. Doing that prevents the proper absorption of the eye drops.
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Do you know that eye drops can be applied while sitting, standing or lying down?
If someone is present, you may ask him or her to confirm the eye drop got into your eye.
Knowing how to apply eye drops gets better with practice, so don’t become worried if you don’t get it right all the time. Also, know that your eye doctor may recommend specific methods of applying eye drops in your best interest.