How To Insert Eyedrops
Infections, inflammation, glaucoma, and many other eye
disorders are treated with eyedrops. Surprisingly, even the small amount of
medication in an eyedrop can create significant side effects in other parts of
the body. It is important to remember that all medicines have side effects.
There are ways to decrease the absorption of the eyedrop into the system, and
to increase the time the eyedrop is on the eye, making the medicine more safe
Inserting eyedrops may seem difficult at first but becomes
easier with practice. To put in an eyedrop, tilt the head back. Then create a
pocket in front of the eye by pulling the lower lid down with an index finger
or gently pinch the lower lid outward with the thumb and index finger. Let the
drop fall into the pocket without touching your eye or eyelid (to prevent
contamination of the bottle).
Immediately after instilling the drop, squeeze the bridge
of your nose for two to three minutes with your thumb and forefinger. This
prevents most of the drop from traveling down the tear duct to the rest of the
Keep your eyes closed for three to five minutes after
instilling the drop. Because the volume of a single drop exceeds the capacity
of the surface of the eye, it serves no purpose to use two drops at the same
Before opening your eyes, dab unabsorbed drops and tears
from the closed lids with a tissue.
If you are taking two different types of eyedrops, wait at
least five minutes before instilling the second drop.