How to use eye drops
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How to use Eye Drops

Using eye drops does not need to be a daunting task. Here are some simple steps to follow:

  1. How to use eye dropsWash hands.
  2. Tilt head back and look at ceiling.
  3. Gently pull the lower eyelid down until it forms a small pocket, or pouch.
  4. Squeeze the bottom of the upturned dropper to release a SINGLE drop into the eye. If you think that you have missed, another drop may be used. (Take care not to touch the eye, or eyelid with the nozzle of the bottle)
  5. Release the lower lid and gently close eyelid for 30 seconds (do NOT sqeeze lids closed). Dab excess with tissue.
  6. If more than one type of eyedrop is prescribed, it is best to wait for 3-5 minutes between the different drops to allow maximal effect from each drop. Then wash hands.

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Further eye drop information

  1. How to use eye dropsIn order to keep the eyedrops clean:
    • do not allow the nozzle to touch the eye or anything else,
    • do not allow other people to use your eyedrops,
    • replace the cap of the eyedrops immediately after use
    • discard the eyedrops four weeks after first opening. If treatment is to be continued, keep using the drops until you have arranged a new supply.
  2. If you are using more than one kind of eyedrop in the same eye, wait five minutes between drops.
  3. If you are using both drops & ointment in the same eye, always use the drops first and wait five minutes before applying the ointment.
  4. If you wear contact lenses, you should stop wearing them for the duration of your treatment unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  5. Side effects may arise from the drop being absorbed quickly into the blood stream. You can slow the absorption by pressing your forefinger of your free hand against the lower lid where it meets your nose; or close your eye for 60 seconds.
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