Eye Drop Tips to Make Application Easy


Your eyes are equally sensitive to touch regardless of what it is that is coming into contact with them. Consequently, squeamishness leads many people not to take sufficient care of their eyes. The use of eye drops falls well within this category as many people consider them awkward to apply. This article aims to explain the various benefits of eye drops, whilst offering advice over easy and safe application.


How eye drops can help your eyes

Eye drops can be used to help various forms of discomfort, with ranging levels of severity. This includes infections and irritability due to dryness or foreign agents.

Eye drops are available to relieve the symptoms of a common eye condition known as conjunctivitis , which causes redness and inflammation within the layer of tissue that guards the eye. This is often the result of a bacterial or viral infection, or from the eye coming into contact with irritable substances such as chlorine or shampoo.

Certain eye drops are also available for eye dryness. This condition (Dry Eye) is characterised by irritated eye symptoms as a result of reduced tear production or increased tear evaporation.  Causes can vary from being in a hot climate to simply blinking an insufficient amount. Eye drops can help to relieve symptoms of dryness.

Keratitis is the term given to an infection of the cornea, which is the transparent front layer of the eye protecting the pupil. Causes may be bacterial or viral but it can also be a complication from wearing contact lenses. Antibacterial eye drops can be used to treat minor infections, while steroid eye drop treatment may be required for more severe cases.

The different types of eye drops

  • Lubricating eye drops are also known as artificial tears and offer relief for eye dryness.
  • Allergens can cause symptoms such as irritability, redness and swelling of the eyes. There are a range of eye drops that can help to quell the effects of allergens.
    • Decongestant eye drops are an effective solution for redness as they help shrink the blood vessels within the white part of your eye, known as the sclera, making them less visible.
    • Antibiotic eye drops may be required for some bacterial infections.

    How to apply eye drops

    The application of eye drops can be off-putting for some people. They don’t like the idea of openly allowing an agent to touch the surface of their eye.

    • Correctly and easily

    Is you're using the correct eye drops as advised, reassure yourself that you are about to do something that should help, rather than harm, your eyes.

    Firstly, you need to tilt your head back in order to ensure that the drops stay in your eye upon application. You then need to gently pull the lower eyelid down to extend the surface for the drop to fall into. It is important to hold the dropper far enough away from your eye and eyelashes as contact with your eyelashes may cause you to blink inadvertently.

    Following application you should shut your eye without squeezing it too tight. Then keep it closed for a moment followed by blinking a few times to spread the liquid around your eye. Always read the instructions on the packaging before use.

    • Hygiene

    Always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before applying eye drops. This is because your fingers will come into contact with your eyelids and you won't want to run the risk of infection. It is also vital to make sure that the dropper tip doesn’t come into contact with your eye as it could potentially scratch the cornea. So take your time. Get comfortable - sit down if it's easier. Should there be any excess liquid surrounding your eye after you’ve applied the eye drop, be sure to wipe it away with a tissue.

    You can always ask someone to help you to do it, or to do it for you. It's important they are applied correctly and as often as directed.

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