How To Use Eye Drops Correctly

Eye drops are a common and effective way to treat various eye conditions, from dryness to allergies and infections. However, using eye drops correctly is crucial to ensure their effectiveness and prevent potential complications. In this eye drop guide, we’ll explore the correct techniques for administering eye drops to maximise their benefits and promote eye health.

1. Wash Your Hands

Before handling eye drops, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water to remove any dirt, bacteria, or other contaminants. Clean hands reduce the risk of introducing harmful substances into your eyes, preventing infections and other complications.

2. Check the Expiry Date

Always check the expiry date of your eye drops before use. Expired eye drops may not be effective and could potentially cause irritation or infection. If your eye drops have expired, dispose of them properly and replace them with a new, unexpired bottle.

3. Prepare the Eye Drops

Shake the eye drop bottle gently to ensure the solution is well-mixed. If the eye drops are stored in the fridge, allow them to come to room temperature before use. Cold eye drops may cause discomfort when instilled into the eyes.

4. Position Yourself Properly

Find a comfortable and stable position to administer the eye drops. You can either sit down with your head tilted back or lie down with your eyes looking upward. Avoid tilting your head too far back, as this may cause the eye drops to run down your throat instead of into your eyes.

5. Pull Down the Lower Eyelid

Use your index finger to gently pull down the lower eyelid of the eye you’re treating, creating a small pocket.

6. Administer the Eye Drops

Hold the eye drop bottle close to your eye, but be careful not to touch your eye or eyelashes with the tip of the bottle. With your other hand, gently squeeze the bottle to release one drop into the lower eyelid pocket. Avoid blinking or squeezing your eyes tightly immediately after instilling the drops, as this may cause them to drain away.

7. Close Your Eyes

Close your eyes gently for a few seconds after instilling the eye drops. This allows the medication to spread evenly across the surface of the eye and enhances its absorption.

8. Wipe Excess Solution

If any excess eye drop solution spills onto your eyelids or cheeks, gently wipe them away with a clean tissue to prevent skin irritation.

9. Repeat if Necessary

If you need to administer eye drops to both eyes or if your healthcare provider has prescribed multiple drops, repeat the process for the other eye.

10. Recap the Bottle

After using the eye drops, securely recap the bottle to prevent contamination and preserve the remaining solution for future use.


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We hope these eye drop tips were useful for you! Properly using eye drops is essential for effectively treating eye conditions and maintaining eye health. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your eye drops provide the intended benefits while minimising the risk of complications. Please speak to us about eye drops as we have a number that may suit your eyes, making them more comfortable.

Remember, your eyesight is irreplaceable, so take care of it today for a brighter tomorrow. If you would like to find out more about preserving your eye health, or you wish to book an eye test, get in touch! Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at

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