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Using eye drops for glaucoma

Applying eye drops can sometimes be challenging, in this blog we offer step-by-step guidance.

Rob Oakley

As part of Glaucoma Awareness Week, we're providing facts, sharing patient stories and offering tips to help those suffering from glaucoma. Today we're offering advice on using eye drops.

Eye drops are the most common glaucoma medication, glaucoma is often caused by a build up of fluid in the eye and eye drops help to reduce the amount of fluid to maintain a healthy eye pressure level.

Some patients who are new to eye drops occasionally have difficulty using them so we've created a blog that walks through how to apply them step by step.

  1. First of all, make sure your hands are clean and dry.
  2. Some people find it helps to look into a mirror, otherwise lie down or tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling.  Concentrate on a point, keeping your eye wide open.
  3. Place a finger on your face about an inch below your eye, gently pull down to create a pocket between your lower eyelid and your eyeball.
  4. Use your other hand to hold the bottle, pointing the tip downward resting your hand on your forehead may help to hold it steady.
  5. Hold the bottle close to your eye about an inch away. Be careful not to let the dropper touch your eye or eyelashes.
  6. Squeeze lightly and allow one drop to fall inside your lower lid.
  7. Remove your hands from your face, gently close your eyes and tilt your head down for a few seconds. Try not to blink, as this can force some of the drop out of your eye before it has had a chance to be absorbed.

If you're still having applying your eye drops in, here are some more tips that might help:

  • If your hands are shaking, try approaching your eye from the side so you can rest your hand on your face to help steady your hand.
  • If you're having trouble getting the drop in your eye, with your head turned to the side or lying on your side, close your eyes. Place a drop in the inner corner of your eyelid. By opening your eyes slowly, the drop should fall into your eye.
  • Sometimes it's difficult to know if the drop has fallen into your eye, we advise that you put your eye drops in the fridge before use, when the drop is colder it makes it easier to know if it landed inside or outside your eye.
  • There are also products available that help to apply eye drops such as EziDrops. They can be purchased here - https://shop.rnib.org.uk/ezidrops-eye-drop-applicator-89798

OcuPlan's mission is to protect people’s vision by making eye care more accessible and affordable for the millions of patients in the UK who require monitoring for their long-term eye conditions. To find out more call us on 01215 170423.

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Rob Oakley

Rob is OcuPlan's marketing manager. He enjoys helping patients, eye consultants and optometrists to make the most of OcuPlan.