The timing and dosage of your eye drops is important to your treatment. If you need to take more than one type of eye drop at the same time, wait three to five minutes between the different medications. Use your drops exactly as instructed by your health practitioner. Remember to check with your optometrist or pharmacist whether the drops should be kept in the refrigerator. When cold, it’s easier to feel the drop when it lands in the eye…
To get the full benefit of the treatment you must use the eye drops correctly.
Applying drops to your eyes can be a challenge. Sometimes it is easiest to ask for help. If, however, you don’t have that option, here are some handy tips:
- wash your hands before handling your eye drops or touching your eyes,
- those wearing contact lenses should remove them – unless you have been instructed otherwise,
- give the drops a good shake,
- when removing the eye-drop cap do not touch the dropper tip
- tilt your head back, look up and focus on a spot on the ceiling, gently pull down your lower eyelid to form a pocket to catch the drop,
- with the dropper tip directly over that pocket squeeze the applicator allowing a drop to fall,
- close your eyes – and don’t blink,
- apply a little pressure to your tear ducts, where the eyelid meets the nose, holding the tear ducts closed for a minute or two, giving the drop time to be absorbed by the eye.
Avoid allowing the bottle to touch your eye or eyelid – you don’t want bacteria or other contaminants the chance to grow in your eye drops.
Wash your hands after handling medication – and touching your face.
For those who may find it difficult using this standard method – particularly children and people who have a reaction to anything near their eyes – there is an alternative method.
We suggest you try:
- leaning your head back as far as possible – or lie down,
- while holding the eye drop bottle in your thumb and first two fingers, put the other two fingers of your hand on your nose for stability,
- close your eye and put an eye drop in the corner of your eye near your nose,
- open your eye and blink several times until the drop rolls into your eye.
All this comes with practice and we hope these tips will help you feel more comfortable with the process. There are eye-drop devices that can help with aiming the drop, squeezing the bottle, and even keeping the eye open. If needs be, ask your optometrist for an option to suit your requirement.
For professional eye-care advice from a caring team, visit us in The Atrium Berea, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, in Overport.
We offer a safe, welcoming environment, follow all the Covid-19 health protocols – and implore you to follow good eye-care practices.
And… remember our Valentine’s buy-one-get-one offer. It ends on Saturday 27 February 2021.
Let your eye-care journey start with us.
For an appointment phone: 031 207 4457 or 031 207 4456