Instilling Eye Drops

  1. Wash your hands throughly
  2. Open the bottle with medication
  3. Tilt your head back and look up, at the ceiling
  4. Pull the lower lid down until it forms a small pocket
  5. Squeeze the bottom of the dropper bottle to release one drop into the eye
  6. Make sure the tip of the bottle doesn’t touch the eye
  7. Release the lower lid and close your eye for a few seconds
  8. Dab excess medication with a tissue
  9. Replace the cap of the eye drops immediately after use

Using Eye Ointment

  1. Wash your hands well
  2. Remove the cap from the ointment tube
  3. Pull the lower lid down till it forms a small pocket
  4. Look up
  5. Carefully squeeze a 1 cm line of ointment inside of the lower eyelid
  6. Make sure the tip of the tube doesn’t touch your eye
  7. Blink your eye to spread the ointment. Your vision may be blurred at this point, but it will get clear if you keep blinking
  8. Wipe away excess ointment with a clean tissue
  9. Replace the cap of the ointment tube

Useful tips:

  • It may be easier to instill drops and apply ointment in front of a mirror
  • If you are using multiple eye drops, please allow for 10-15 minutes between instilling drops
  • If you are using multiple eye ointments, allow about 30-45 minutes between two ointments.
  • If you are using ointment and drops, use the drops first and wait for about 10 minutes before applying the ointment.
  • If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them prior to instilling drops. You can wear them again in 10-15 minutes.
  • Do not wear contact lenses if you’re using eye ointment