Using eyedrops properly

August 18th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Whether they’re used to treat dry eye, allergies, infections or glaucoma, eyedrops are among the most common drugs found in most medicine cabinets. But how do you know if you’re using them properly? Follow these simple tips to make every drop count:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Remove the bottle top from your eye drop.
  • While tipping your head back, pull down the lower eyelid with your index finger to form a pocket.
  • With your other hand, hold the bottle (tip down) above your eye, as close to the eye as possible without touching it.
  • While looking up, gently squeeze the bottle to release a drop into the eyelid pocket.
  • Close your eyes, and apply gentle pressure with your finger to the medial canthus for two minutes.
  • Replace and tighten the bottle top.
  • If you are instilling more than one medication, wait five minutes before instilling the second medication.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.

For more information, call Carolina Eye at (910) 295-2100 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357.

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