Eye drops may be needed to certain conditions, including pink eye, dry eye or glaucoma. For the best results, you must apply the eye drops properly. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, your provider of laser eye surgery and other optometry services, shows you how:
Step #1: Read the Label
Start by carefully reading the label on the bottle. Look for a description that indicates the drops are “for ophthalmic use.” Make sure the drops are the medication your doctor prescribed. Next, check the expiration date.
Step #2: Wash Your Hands
As you’ll be applying the drops to your eyes, your eye doctor recommends washing your hands first. Afterward, dry them thoroughly with a clean towel. If your eyes are producing a discharge or have a crust, clean your eyes gently with wet cotton balls. Wipe your eyes from the inner part (nose side) going outward.
Step #3: Prepare the Bottle
Once your hands and eyes are clean, gently shake the bottle. Remove the cap afterward and rest it on a piece of tissue paper. Avoid touching the tip of the bottle where the solution comes out.
Step #4: Tilt Your Head
To make applying the eye drops easier, tilt your head slightly. As you look up to the ceiling, use your free hand to pull down your lower eyelid. Doing so creates a pocket where you’ll drop the solution.
Step#5: Apply the Eye Drops as Instructed
Place the hand holding the bottle above your eye. Gently squeeze the bottle according to the number of drops your optometrist prescribed during your eye exam. Close your eyes and blot any excess solution with a clean tissue paper. Press the inner part of your eye to ensure proper absorption of the eye drops. Do this for at least two minutes if you’ll be applying the same medication in the same eye. If you’ll be applying a different one, wait five minutes.
For more tips on how to properly administer eye drops, call us at (301) 859-4060 or complete our form. We serve areas throughout Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, and Rockville, MD.