How to Put in Eye Drops

There are many kinds of eye drops, and any of them could be a challenge to get into your eye. But with a few tips and some practice, you’ll get more comfortable with the process.

Step 1: Read your doctor’s instructions

Use your drops exactly when and how your doctor tells you to.
If you need to take more than one type of eye drop at the same time, wait 3 to 5 minutes between the different kinds of medication.

Step 2: Get prepared

Always wash your hands before handling your eye drops or touching your eyes.
If you’re wearing contact lenses, take them out — unless your doctor told you to leave them in. Shake the drops vigorously before using them.

Step 3: Place the drops into your eye

Tilt your head slightly back and look up.
Use one hand to pull your lower eyelid down, away from the eye. Hold the dropper tip directly over the eyelid pocket.
Squeeze the bottle gently and let the drop fall into the eyelid pocket.

Step 4: Close your eyes and don’t blink!

Apply gentle pressure and hold your eye closed for a few minutes. If any drops leak out, wipe them with a tissue.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other eye if necessary

Step 5: Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water after handling your eye medication

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

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