1. Wash your hands with soap and water, then dry with a clean towel.
  2. If you wear lenses, remove them. The only exception is if you use eye drops specially formulated to remoisten your contacts, or if your doctor advised you to use the drops this way.
  3. Remove the dropper cap and look carefully at the tip to make sure it has not cracked or otherwise damaged. Don’t touch the tip.
  4. Lie down or lean your head backwards and look at the ceiling. Focus on one point on the ceiling and keep your eye wide open.
  5. Place one or two fingers approximately 3 cm under your eye and gently pull down to create a pocket between your lower lid and eyeball.
  6. Hold the eye drop bottle with the other hand and point the tip down.  If you let your hand rest on your forehead, you can stabilise it.
  7. Keep the bottle close to your eye (approximately 3cm away).  Ensure that the dripper is not touched.
  8. Take care that the dropper does not touch the eye or eyelashes, as bacteria and other organisms can get into the droplets in the bottle.
  9. Press lightly to add a drop to the bottom cover.
  10. Remove your hands from your face, close your eyes gently and bend your head down for a few seconds.
  11. Try not to blink, as this can force a part of your eye out of your eye before it can be absorbed. knowing how to apply eye drops properly will save you time, trouble and, especially in the case of prescription drops, quite some money.
  12. To keep the drop as close to the eye as possible, gently press the inner corner of the eye next to the nose. A small channel that drains tears from the eye and nose is here. By pressing at this point, you close the opening of this drain and allow the eye drops to stay on the surface of your eye for longer.

PLEASE NOTE: NEVER RUB YOUR EYES – EVER!

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

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KOBRIN & MARTIN OPTOMETRISTS, SANDTON

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