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How to Put in Eye Drops

Eye Drops can be a difficult and aggravating part of eye care treatment and management. And failing to learn how to correctly put them in the eyes defeats the purpose of having them.

How to Put in Eye Drops

Step-By-Step Approach

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water; then dry them with a clean towel.
  2. Remove the dropper cap and look closely at the tip to make sure it’s not cracked or otherwise damaged. Do not touch the tip.
  3. Either lie down or tilt your head back, and look up at the ceiling. Concentrate on a point on the ceiling, keeping your eye wide open.
  4. Place one or two fingers on your face about an inch below your eye; gently pull down to create a pocket between your lower eyelid and your eyeball.
  5. Use your other hand to hold the eye drop bottle, pointing the tip downward. Resting your hand on your forehead may help steady it.
  6. Hold the bottle close to your eye (about an inch away). Be careful not to let the dropper touch your eye or eyelashes, since this can introduce bacteria and other organisms into the eye drops in the bottle and squeeze the eye dropper.
  7. Once the drop is on the eye, do not blink your eye or move it around to spread the drop. Instead, gently close your eyes for 2 minutes and use your finger to press the inside corner of the eyelid by the nose. This helps keep the tears on the eye without immediately being drained out.

Contacts Lens Usage

Make sure you take your contacts off prior to dispensing any eye drops in the eye, and wait at least 15 minutes after the placement of eye drops to re-inserting your contact lenses. The only exception to this are preservative free lubricating eye drops that are specifically made to be placed with your contacts on the eye.

Multiple Eye Drops

If you need to put more than one eye drop in the same eye, wait at least five minutes between usage.

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