Eye drops may occasionally have to be administered for eye infections, to help with dry eyes or before and after surgery. Eye drops are the most common way to treat any problems with the eyes. After LASIK surgery, antibiotic and other drops are prescribed and after cataract surgery eyedrops are also used to assist with healing. They are also prescribed for those with glaucoma and after treatment for other serious eye diseases. Putting eye drops into the eye is not easy as the natural reaction to a falling object is to blink! Here is a simple and easy way to administer eyedrops either to yourself or another person. This method also accurately helps you to get all the droplets into the eye without losing any so the correct dose can be accurately applied.
Best Practices for the Application of Eyedrops
- Stand in front of a mirror and pull down the lower eyelid with one finger to create a pouch
- Invert the eye dropper and gently squeeze the bottle
- Apply the eyedrops into the pouch, one drop at a time and blink to distribute
- Press lightly at the inner corner of the eye, near the nose, to close the tear duct
- It is best to close the eye for 1-2 minutes. It seems an endless amount of time to be still and dark but it minimizes absorption into the blood stream and gets the drops to the correct place.
- Finally, wipe any excessive eyedrops away from around the eye
- Repeat the process for the other eye if required