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How to Apply Eye Drops

Whether you need to apply ​eye drops to treat glaucoma, relieve dry eyes​ or for other reasons, watch this video on the proper technique for using eye drops.

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Narrator: If you have never used eye drops before, it may take just a bit of practice to get them into your eye. Because the natural reflex is to blink to avoid the drops. The eyedropper will be effective if it lands on either the eyeball or in the pinkish inside surface of the lower lid. However, if the eyedropper lands on the eyelids, skin or on the lashes, you will have to try again.

Whenever possible, try to wash your hands before using eyedropper medications.

Eye drop installation is easiest if you either lying down or tilt your head back. If you are right handed, use the thumb and first two fingers of your right hand to hold the inverted I drop bottle. Hold the eyelids open by using your left index finger for the upper lid and you're right pinky finger for the lower lid. Hold the inverted bottle directly over your eye. Look at or slightly to the side of the bottle. Press the bottle lightly with your fingertips to cause one drop to come out without excessive squeezing. Close the eye gently for a minute. After instilling a drop. It is normal that some drops will sting.

If more than one type of eyedropper is prescribed. They can be used in any order but should be taken at least three minutes apart so that the eye has time to absorb each one completely. You need only one eyedropper medication for one dose. Don't worry if you accidentally apply several drops it won't harm the eye. If you think you missed your eye. It's okay to apply another drop.

While you're first learning to use eye drops. You may want to refrigerate your eye drops. This makes it easier to tell whether the drop lands on the eyeball. Some people rely on a spouse or other family member to help them with the eye drops. Even if you have the option. It's better if you learn to do it yourself in case your helper isn't available.

This content was first posted on: March 15, 2015
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