How to put in eyedrops

•  Wash your hands with soap and water.

•  Shake the eyedrop container gently. Make sure the prescription is for you. Check to see how many drops you are to put in and when.

•  Remove the cap. Set it aside. Do not touch the dropper tip with your hand.

•  Tilt your head back. With both eyes open, look at a point on the ceiling.

•  Pull your lower lid down gently to form a pocket for the drop. Position the tip of the bottle less than an inch above your lower lid.

•  Squeeze the bottle lightly to allow the drop to fall into the pocket.

•  Close your eyes without squeezing them. Keep eyes closed for 30 seconds. Gently blot with a clean tissue.

•  Replace the cap on the eyedrop bottle.

•  Keep eyedrops out of sunlight.


Other tips:

•  Do not wear contact lenses while using eyedrops or ointments.

•  If you have eyedrops and eye ointment, put in the eyedrops before the ointment.

•  You may find this easier to do in front of a mirror or lying flat on your back.

•  Check the bottle’s expiration date. Throw it away if outdated.


Source: National Institutes of Health

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