How To Put in Your Own Eye Drops?
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We know firsthand how difficult it can be to put drops in your own eyes. So, How to put in Your Own Eye Drops?
When we talk about eye drops, we refer to any kind of eye drops, whether used as a treatment or not.
That is why we will learn tricks to put drops in the eyes today.
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How To Put On Your Own Eye Drops?
– We can sit with our head backward or preferably lying down.
– With our index finger, we lower the lower eyelid of our eye.
– With the other hand, we hold the bottle of drops that we have to put in the eye.
– Avoid looking at the bottle. Otherwise, we may close our eyes reflexively, and it is better to look upwards.
– We press the bottle so the drop comes out, trying to make it fall into the hole we have left free in the lower eyelid.
– As the drop falls, blink several times so the driblet spreads over the eye without moving from our position.
– Release the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed and relaxed for a few seconds.
– To prevent the tear duct from pulling the drop out of the eye, we press that angle with the index finger and thumb.
– Dry the area around the eye with a handkerchief.
– We wash our hands before and after applying the eye drops.
Although it may seem like a simple procedure, sometimes it may seem ‘mission impossible.’ Especially if you are trying to put the drops in the eyes of a child who does not let you.
How To Put Drops In The Eyes Of An Unwilling Child?
Putting eye drops in a child’s (or baby’s) eyes, the child (or baby) may be nervous, restless, and perhaps afraid.
Therefore, the best recommendation is to maintain a calm and relaxed tone with him, to transmit serenity and security. And act decisively and quickly.
How is an eye drop placed in a child?
To put the drops in a child, we will proceed the same way as we would do with ourselves, although it will always be better if the child is lying down.
– We wash our hands and prepare the bottle of eye drops, considering that we must remove the washer surrounding the bottle.
– We place the child lying down.
– Gently hold the child’s head and press the lower eyelid with the index finger.
– If the child does not want to open his eyes, we use the thumb to keep the upper eyelid open with the same hand holding the head.
– We apply the drops to the eye with the other hand.
– With the little finger of the hand holding his head, we put gentle pressure on the inner corner of the eye for a few seconds so the eye drop liquid doesn’t get lost.
– Once the drops are in the eye, it is recommended that the child remains in this position for a few minutes so that they penetrate the eye.
Tips For Dropping Drops In Your Eyes
A trick that can help us if we are not able to put the drops in our eyes, as we mentioned before, is to place ourselves in front of a mirror:
- Stand before a mirror and tilt your head to the side and forward.
- Place the bottle of tears in the outer corner of the eye (from the corner of the eye) without touching it.
- Press the bottle to expel the drop.
- It is not necessary to touch or open the eye.
- If you are administering eye drops to a child who does not allow the eye drops to be put in, we will lay the child on their side.
- And we apply the drop from the outer part of the eye.
Conclusions On How To Apply Drops Oneself
Hopefully, these little tips on how to put eye drops in your own eyes have been helpful.
Before applying the drops:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before starting the preparation process.
- Have everything you will need ready! A mirror, a clean towel, tissues, and drops, of course!
When it’s time to put the drops in your eyes:
- Position yourself in a well-lit place and stand in front of the mirror.
- Tilt your head back slightly and look up.
- Gently pull down your eyelid with your index and middle fingers.
- Hold the bottle of drops with your opposite hand and tilt it upside down and close to your eye, but not touching it.
- Squeeze the bottle precisely so that a single drop falls into the eye.
- Follow your ophthalmologist’s instructions or the instructions on the drops as to how many drops you should use.
After using the drops:
- Hold your eye closed for a few seconds to allow the liquid to distribute properly in the eye.
- Remove any excess with a clean towel and avoid rubbing your eyes.
Remember that if you have any doubts about how to put the drops in your own eyes or how to put the drops in the eyes of a child who does not let you, the best option is always to consult your ophthalmologist, optometrist, doctor, or pediatrician so that they can guide you through the process.