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The Correct Way to Put Medicine in Your Eyes: Tips and Techniques

DR. SABIN DHAKAL In Eye Hospital

Sep 09, 2023 | 3 min read

Introduction:

Administering medication to your eyes may seem like a straightforward task, but it requires precision and care to ensure the treatment is effective and safe. Whether you’re dealing with eye drops, ointments, or other prescribed eye medications, knowing the correct way to put medicine in your eyes is crucial. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to ensure proper eye medication administration.

Step 1: Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

Before taking medicine or touching your eyes, it’s essential to wash your hands with soap and water. This prevents the transfer of dirt, germs, or any other contaminants into your eyes, reducing the risk of infection.

Step 2: Prepare Your Eye Medication

If you’re using eye drops, shake the bottle gently to ensure the contents are well-mixed. For ointments, remove the cap and check for any air bubbles inside the tube, as these can affect the dosage.

Step 3: Find a Comfortable Position

To make the process easier, sit or lie down in a comfortable position. If you have a mirror handy, use it to see what you’re doing more clearly.

Step 4: Tilt Your Head Back

Gently tilt your head backward so you’re looking up at the ceiling. This position helps create a small pocket in your lower eyelid, making it easier to instill the medication without it rolling off.

Step 5: Use Your Non-Dominant Hand

Hold the bottle or tube of medication in your dominant hand. If you’re right-handed, use your right hand, and vice versa. This will help steady your hand and improve your accuracy.

Step 6: Hold Down Your Lower Eyelid

With your free hand, use your index finger to gently pull down your lower eyelid. This creates a small pocket between your eye and eyelid for the medication to go into.

Step 7: Instill the Medication

Hold the medication bottle or tube close to your eye, but avoid touching the eye’s surface. Look at a spot on the ceiling to help keep your eye still. Then, gently squeeze the bottle or apply a small strip of ointment directly into the pocket you created in your lower eyelid.

After applying the medication, release your lower eyelid and close your eye gently. Blink a few times to help distribute the medication evenly. If any excess medication is present, use a clean tissue to blot it away.

Step 9: Wait a Few Minutes Between Eye Medications

If you need to use more than one type of eye medicine, wait at least five minutes between each application. This ensures that each medication has enough time to be absorbed.

Step 10: Recap and Store Properly

After you’ve finished applying the medication, securely recap the bottle or tube. Store it as per the instructions provided with the medication, typically at room temperature.

Conclusion

Administering eye medication correctly is essential for your eye health and the effectiveness of the treatment. By following these steps and practicing proper hygiene, you can ensure that the medication reaches your eyes where it’s needed most. If you ever have doubts or experience discomfort while using medicine in your eyes, don’t hesitate to consult your eye care professional for guidance. Your eye health is too precious to take chances.

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