How to Put in Eye Drops
Before instilling your Eye Drops
Always check the label on your eye drop container before instilling your drops. Make sure they have not expired.
Make sure you have the correct eye drop and it is the correct time of day to instil it.
If you wear contact lenses — remove them at least 15 minutes beforehand. You can then replace your contact lenses 15 minutes after the drops have been instilled.
Always wash your hands before handling your eye drops or touching your eyes.
Shake the drops vigorously before using them.
Remove the cap of the eye drop medication. Do not touch the dropper tip.
Putting in Eye Drops
Tilt your head back slightly and look up. Some people find it helpful to focus on a specific point on the ceiling.
Use one hand to pull your lower eyelid down, away from the eye. This forms a pocket to catch the drop.
Hold the dropper tip directly over the eyelid pocket. You may want to rest that hand on your forehead to keep your hand steady.
Squeeze the bottle gently and let the eye drop fall into the pocket.
Don’t touch the bottle to your eye or eyelid. This can give bacteria or other contaminants a chance to grow in your eye drops.
After You’ve Put in Eye Drops
Close your eyes and do not blink.
Press the tip of your finger against the inside corner of the closed eye, applying gentle pressure over the tear ducts, where the eyelid meets the nose.
Hold the tear ducts closed for a minute or two before opening your eyes. This gives the drop time to be absorbed by the eye, instead of draining into your nose.
Wipe any unabsorbed drops from your closed lids with a tissue.
Repeat the same procedure with the other eye, if necessary.
Wash your hands after handling medication and touching your face.
If you have a number of different eye drops to administer, leave at least 5 minutes between each different drop.