There are many kinds of eye drops which can be used to treat a range of problems. Whether you use drops to treat an infection, irritation or to relieve symptoms of dry eyes, knowing how to use them correctly is key.

When eye drops are administered incorrectly, you may not enjoy the full benefit of the product. Here are some tips to help you become more comfortable and confident with the process.

1 Always wash your hands before handing the product or touching your eyes.

2 Shake bottle gently if directed to do so on the label.

3 Check the dropper to ensure it is clean.

4 Tilt your head back or lie down, looking upwards.

5 Use one hand to pull the lower eyelid down, creating a pocket to catch the drop.

6 Hold the dropper top directly above the eye. Squeeze gently and be careful the dropper does not touch the eye.

7  Close your eye for 1-3 minutes applying gentle pressure to the tear ducts.

*Hacks for people who hate eye drops*

  • Run the bottle under hot water for a few seconds to warm up, you will barely feel them.
  • If your hands are shaking, rest your hand on your cheek
  • Concentrate on a spot on the ceiling rather than the dropper, you are less likely to flinch.

Repeat the process on the other eye if necessary. If you need to use more than one eyedrop, it is recommended to wait five minutes.

Always use eye drops as recommended by your doctor.