Eye drops are usually prescribed for patients after eye surgery to help prevent inflammation and infection. You can also buy them over the counter for general eye problems such as red eye, conjunctivitis or helping to maintain a good eye white color. However, applying eye drops for the first time can be quite daunting as the eyes are very delicate and it can be quite scary. Also you don’t want to damage your eyes or even in your nervousness miss them altogether and waste the drops.
To avoid contamination, when applying eye drops it is essential to have clean hands so wash them carefully with soap and water and dry them using a fresh towel.
How to Apply the Drops
The preferred option for applying drops correctly is to stand close to a mirror and balance yourself so you don’t accidently jolt the eye dropper. Then look up to the ceiling, tilt your head back slightly and using one hand on the eye pull the lower lid down and slightly out to make a small pocket for the drops to fall in.
Hold the eye drops container with the other hand very close to your eye. Look upwards and tip the bottle up so that one drop comes out and falls into the eye. This should not hurt you. Do not let the tip of the bottle touch your eyeball.
Quickly blink and gently wipe away any excess fluid with a tissue. If you keep your eyes closed for a minute or two it will help the drops stay in the eye and be fully adsorbed. Repeat with the other eye.
How to Apply Ointment
You must remember that eye drops are meant to be released easily from the bottle so the whole procedure should not be difficult. If you are using ointment just follow the same method as above.
With practice you will be able to add drops easily without any mess or discomfort.
Please never put anything into your eye that has not been prescribed or that you have not bought at a pharmacy. It is also extremely important to apply the correct dosage, especially after surgery as failure to do so may hinder your recovery.