Eye Medications common eye medications

Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Mark Erickson

How to use eye drops

Home care instructions for eye drops and eye ointment

DISCLAIMER: PLEASE FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR’S EYE DROPS ORDERS IF THEY DIFFER FROM THIS SHEET

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water before using eye drops.
  2. Look toward the ceiling with both eyes open.
  3. Pull lower lid down – steady your hand on your forehead.
  4. Put a drop of medicine or small strip of ointment (1/4 inch) in the sac behind the lashes of the lower lid.
  5. The tip of the dropper or ointment tube should not touch the eyeball itself.
  6. Do not give more than one eye medicine at a time – wait 5 minutes between medicines.
  7. When using both ointments and eye drops, use the ointment AFTER the drops.
  8. Try to keep your eyes closed for one minute after instilling drops to obtain maximum benefit from medications

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About the Author

Mark Erickson is a certified ophthalmic technician and ophthalmic photographer. He is a technical writer in the eye care industry. Mark is also an ophthalmic medical illustrator. His works have been published on the covers of more than 60 eye care publications. Some of his clients include National Geographic, Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, Transitions, Genentech and Allergan.



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