How to Put in Eye Drops, Gels & Ointments
How to apply eye drops
The method here can be easier to learn if you first try to do it whilst lying down, so that you are looking up at the ceiling. With practice you will be able to put it in while you are sitting in a chair.
If it is difficult to get the eye drop in this way, another method is to look in a mirror and put the drop into the outer corner of the eye opening. Do not allow the bottle or vial to touch your eye or any other surface.
If you have more than 1 eye drop to put in, wait 2-5 minutes before putting in the next eye drop. Put eye drops in before ointment or gel.
How to Apply Eye Gel
Similar to putting in eye drops, put a drop of the gel into the lower eyelid pocket. Gel is thicker and will blur the vision initially. Vision will clear after you blink a few times.
How To Apply Eye Ointment
Sometimes it can be tricky to get ointment into the eye, as it curls like a little snake out of the tube. If you are having difficulty getting the ointment into the lower eyelid pocket whilst looking at the ceiling, or in the mirror into the outer lower pocket of the eye, another method is: Wash your hands especially the index finger. Make sure the nail of your index finger is not sharp. Put a little ointment onto the tip of your index finger and put it into the lower eyelid pocket.
Valerie Saw is an experienced expert in eye disease.
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