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Using Glaucoma Eye Drops

Applying eye drops can be difficult at times; however, we provide step-by-step instructions in this post

We’re presenting statistics, sharing patient stories, and offering recommendations to aid individuals who are suffering from glaucoma as part of Glaucoma Awareness Week. We’re going to give you some tips on how to use eye drops today.

Glaucoma is most commonly treated using eye drops. Glaucoma is caused by a build-up of fluid in the eye, and eye drops help to reduce the quantity of fluid in the eye to maintain a healthy eye pressure level.

Because some patients who are new to eye drops have trouble using them, we’ve prepared a blog that explains how to use them step by step.

  1. First and foremost, ensure that your hands are clean and dry.
  2. Look into a mirror if possible; otherwise, lie down or tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling. Keep your eyes wide open and concentrate on a single point.
  3. Gently draw down on your lower eyelid to create a pocket between your lower eyelid and your eyeball with your finger approximately an inch below your eye.
  4. Hold the bottle with your other hand, pointing the tip downward and placing your hand on your forehead to keep it stable.
  5. Hold the bottle approximately an inch away from your eye. Make sure the dropper does not come into contact with your eye or eyelashes.
  6. Allow one drop to fall inside your lower lid after lightly squeezing.
  7. Remove your hands from your face, close your eyes gently, and lower your head for a few seconds. Avoid blinking since this will force some of the drop out of your eye before it has a chance to absorb.

If you’re still having trouble putting your eye drops in, here are some more suggestions:

  • If your hands are trembling, approach your eye from the side and lay your hand on your face to assist stabilize it.
  • Close your eyelids if you’re having problems getting the drop in your eye while resting on your side or with your head twisted to the side. A drop should be placed in the inner corner of your eyelid. The drop should fall into your eye if you slowly open your eyelids.
  • It’s often difficult to see if a drop has landed inside or outside your eye, so we recommend putting your eye drops in the fridge before using them. When the drop is colder, it’s easier to tell if it landed within or outside your eye.