Do you need a helping hand?
Well you are not alone! Over 70% of people with chronic eye conditions have problems instilling their own drops. And it is not just your treatment that is at risk, it is your independence too.
If you get frustrated trying to instil your own drops or fed up being tied down to routine visits from a friend, carer or nurse to do it for you, then why not try some of the tried and tested hints and tips suggested below?
Do you have shaky hands?
Try approaching your eye from the side and rest your hand on your face to steady it. Avoid touching the nozzle of the bottle with your hands or skin to prevent contamination of the drops.
Try lying down flat on your bed when instilling your drops and take your time.
If you are still having problems, don't give up. Speak to your pharmacist about assistive devices such as Opticare eye drop dispensers. They are much larger in diameter , require much less effort to squeeze and may help steady your hand.
Do you have difficulty holding and squeezing the small eye drop bottles?
The majority of eye drop bottles are by their very nature usually small, holding up to only 15mls of drops. They are often made of fairly rigid plastic that requires quite a lot of pressure to squeeze. Too little pressure and no drops are delivered. Too much and there is a flood of drops going down your cheek instead!
Try practising using an expired bottle refilled with ordinary tap water. Squeeze the bottle, aiming not at your eye but at the back of your other hand to practice getting the grip and pressure right.
Some eye drop manufacturers provide their own assistive devices designed specifically for their own brand and bottle shape to help you access your medication. Ask your pharmacist if your brand offers such a device. If not, Opticare has been designed to fit almost all types of bottle types. So, if you have problems with holding or squeezing the bottle, have a look at the range of Opticare eye drop dispensers. There is sure to be one to help you.
Do you blink just as the drops reach your eye?
Try rolling your eye upwards and at the same time use your free hand to create a pocket with your lower lid. Aim the drops into the lower eyelid pocket.
Good eye drop method
Getting your eye drops into your eye at the right time in the correct dose is vital to ensure you are getting the medication you need. Try these tips for eye drop success...
Need to speak to someone?
Contact Sightline at the International Glaucoma Association 0870 609 1870
Did you know?
Strong alcoholic beverages produce a temporary lowering of IOP. Therefore, it is best to avoid any alcoholic drinks just before having your eyes checked for glaucoma.