How to Use Eyedrops

It is important to use your eyedrops correctly to get the most benefit from the medicine. Proper use of your eyedrops will also help to avoid or reduce side effects from your eyedrop medication.

Below are the steps you should take when using your eyedrops:

  • Wash hands and area around the eyes. You should remove your contact lenses, unless you have been told it is okay to keep them in while using the eyedrops.
  • If the bottle says to shake well, gently roll the bottle in your hands for 30 seconds.
  • Tilt your head back.
  • Pull the lower lid away from your eye. This can be done by pulling down the lower lid with the index finger or by pinching down the lower lid with the thumb and index finger. This should make a little pocket in the lower lid.
  • Just before putting the drop in your eye, look up. Squeeze the bottle gently and let the medicine fall from the bottle's dropper into your eye. Be careful to not touch the dropper against the eye or anything else.
  • After the drop is in your eye, release the lower lid. Close your eyes gently for ideally 5 minutes (but at least 1 minute) to let the medicine evenly cover your eye. Or, you can put gentle pressure over the opening of the tear duct (the inner corner of your eye) for ideally 5 minutes (but at least 1 minute). Do not rub your eyes.
  • If there is extra medicine coming out of your eye, gently blot it with a tissue.
  • If the directions say to use 2 drops, wait 5 minutes before putting another drop into the same eye.
  • Replace the bottle cap immediately after use. This keeps the medication clean.
  • Wash hands.

As with all medicines, keep your eyedrops out of reach of children.

If you need to use a suspension or gel forming eyedrop and a solution eyedrop at the same time, use the solution eyedrop first. Wait 5 minutes and then use the suspension or gel forming eyedrop. The suspension or gel forming eyedrop should be used last because it needs to stay in your eye for a longer period of time.

If you have any questions, ask your pharmacist.

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