Great Tips on Proper Use of Eye Drops

Use of eye drops is one of the most common treatments for eye conditions and infections, including dry eye and glaucoma.

To get the greatest effect from your eye drops, you must apply them correctly. Your eye doctor will give you instructions on how to use your particular eye drops prescription, but in most cases, the guidelines on proper eye drop applicaton is the same.

So what are the key things to observe when using eye drops?
  1. Wash your hands with soap and water then dry them with a clean towel before and after using the eye drops.
  2. Do not let the dropper or dropper nozzle touch your eye, fingers or any other surface. This is to keep it free from germs.
  3. If you are applying more than one eye drop at a go, wait about 3-5 minutes between one drop and the next to ensure that the drops are properly absorbed into your eye.
  4. If your prescription entails using both an eye ointment and eye drops, use the eye drops first to avoid the ointment blocking the absorption of the eye drops into the eye.
  5. Like any other medication, eye drops ought to be taken as prescribed. Overuse or skipping doses can affect treatment, especially of serious conditions such as glaucoma where a missed dose can result to poor control of the eye pressure.
  6. Do not let anyone else use your drops and do not use anyone else’s drops yourself.
  7. You may get a taste of eye drops in your mouth or a feeling that the drops are running down your throat. This is normal. To prevent this, gently press on the tear duct for a minute or so after applying the drop.
  8. Throw out the bottle (and get a new one if required) after the recommended time. This is often four weeks after first opening the bottle. (One tip is to write the date that you opened the bottle on the label so you will know when it is time to throw it out.)

Remember to always read instructions on medications carefully, including the expiry date before use.

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