Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

These Hints Should Help in Putting in Eye Drops

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

These Hints Should Help in Putting in Eye Drops

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Dear Doctor K: I have dry eye syndrome. My doctor prescribed artificial tears, but I can't manage to get the drops into my eyes. Any advice?

Dear Reader: Dry eye syndrome is often effectively treated with artificial tears. Available over the counter, they mimic the composition of natural tears. Of course, they work only if you can get them into your eyes. Like you, many people need to learn how to do it.

Following is the correct way to put in eye drops.

1. Wash your hands.

2. Tilt your head back while standing, sitting or lying down. With your index finger, pull your lower eyelid gently downward. This causes your lower eyelid to form a pocket.

3. Let the drop fall into the pocket without touching the bottle to your eye or eyelid. If the tip of the bottle touches your eye or eyelid, it can spread germs. …

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