Health: How to Use Eye Drops

Society | April 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

First of all if your eye drops are a suspension, the label will remind you to shake the bottle before using the drops. Then wash your hands. Sit in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing. Right after that wipe your eyes to clear any residual wateriness or discharge. Take the lid off the bottle and tip your head back.

Then gently pull down your lower eyelid and look up. Hold the dropper or bottle above the eye and gently squeeze one drop onto the inside of the lower eyelid, taking care not to touch the eye or eyelashes with the dropper or bottle. Blink your eyes so the liquid spreads over the surface of the eyeball.

After that wipe away any excess liquid with a clean tissue. Repeat this procedure for the other eye if you have been advised to do so by your doctor or pharmacist. Replace the lid of the bottle.

Take care not to touch the tip of the bottle or dropper with your fingers. If the dropper is separate don't put it down on any surface.If you have more than one drop to put in, or are using more than one type of eye drop, wait about five minutes before putting the next drop in. This ensures the second drop won't wash away the first.
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