Before You Begin
- Tell your vision care provider about all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal or homeopathic preparations, and nutritional supplements. It’s a good idea to bring a list of your medications and dosages to each appointment.
- Tell your vision care provider if you have any known drug allergies.
- To make sure you keep each drop in your eye long enough, set an egg timer or oven timer for 2 minutes.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Many people find it’s helpful to lie flat while they instill their eye drops.
Instilling Your Drops
- To instill (insert) a drop into your eye, remove the cap, turn the bottle upside down, and tilt your head back.
- Position the tip of the bottle as close to your eye as possible without allowing it to touch your eye, to avoid bacterial contamination.
- Pull down your lower eyelid to create a pocket in which the liquid can pool.
- Squeeze out a drop and gently close your eye. Press your finger against the tear duct near your nose to help your eye absorb the medication and to keep it from draining into your tear duct. Do not blink, squint, or rub your eyes.
- Keep your eye closed until the timer goes off. Follow the same steps with the other eye.
- If your provider has instructed you to use two drops, be sure to wait 5 minutes before instilling the second one.
When You’re Finished
- To help you remember to use your eye drops daily, keep them with your other medications or put them in a place where you’ll be sure to notice them - on your nightstand, perhaps, or next to the coffee pot. However, be sure to store them out of reach if young children live in or visit your home.