Top tips for eye drop success

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. 

Have you been taught a technique to help you be successful?

Try these seven steps for eye drop success

1 Wash your hands

2 Remove cap from bottle and place cap to one side on a clean tissue

3 Relax and take your time. Tilt your head backwards whilst sitting, standing or lying down and look up.Use your index finger and thumb to gently pull down your lower lid to form a pocket.

4 Holding the dropper bottle as upright as possible, rest your hand against your nose to position the bottle. Squeeze the bottle and let one drop fall into the pocket.

5 Slowly release the lower lid. keep the eye closed for around 2 minutes whilst applying light pressure with your index finger to the inside of the eye near the nose. This will keep the drops in contact with your eye but prevent them from getting into your bloodstream through your tear duct.

6 Put the cap back on the bottle.

7 Blot around the eye with the clean tissue to remove any excess. Re-wash your hands.

If you have problems with shaky hands, holding or squeezing the bottle, have a look at  the range of Opticare eye drop dispensers.

Need a helping hand?

Using more than 1 type of eye drop?

Use the drops in order eg by colour or by bottle size.

Did you know?

Computer screens, airplanes, and burns can make dry eye worse.