The proper way to instill eye drops

How to properly use eye drops

Instilling eye drops can be challenging for some people. Remember that it’s your eyes’ natural defense mechanism that causes you to blink when something is coming towards them.  Knowing a proper technique can allow for easier and safer insertion.

Step 1: Wash your hands.

Step 2: While looking up, pull down your lower eye lid using your non-dominant hand.

Step 3: Using your dominant hand, hold the eye drop bottle approximately half an inch away from your eye and squeeze the bottle to dispense one drop. Be careful not to allow the tip of the bottle to touch any part of your eye or eyelid, as this can cause a bacterial contamination.

Step 4: Release your lower lid and blink your eyes as needed.  Refrain from rubbing your eyes or wiping them with a tissue; this may cause less than optimal absorption of the eye drop.

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

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