The Art of Applying Eye Drops: A Guide for Home Eye Examinations

As a dedicated home visiting optometrist for Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, I understand the unique challenges faced by individuals who cannot leave their homes for eye care. One essential aspect of maintaining good eye health is the proper use of eye drops. Whether you’re managing dry eyes, glaucoma, or any other eye condition, knowing how to use eye drops correctly is crucial. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the art of applying eye drops effectively.

1. Wash Your Hands: Always start by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean hands prevent the risk of introducing infection to your eyes.

2. Find a Stable Position: Sitting is best.

3. Tilt Your Head Back: Gently tilt your head backward, and look upward.

4. Pull Down Your Lower Lid: Using one hand, pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket for the drops.

5. Squeeze the Bottle: Hold the eye drop bottle with your other hand, and with a steady hand, squeeze a single drop into the pocket.

6. Blink Gently: Close your eyes slowly and blink gently to distribute the drop evenly over your eye.

7. Avoid Touching Your Eye: Ensure that the tip of the bottle does not touch your eye, eyelashes, or any other surface.

8. Wait and Recap: Wait for 5 minutes between using different eye drops. After you’re done, securely recap the bottle.

Remember to follow your ophthalmologist or optometrist’s specific instructions and ask for guidance during your home eye examination if needed. Proper eye drop application is key to preserving your eye health, even when you can’t leave the comfort of your home.