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Many eye problems are treated with eyedrops or eye ointments, and sometimes with both.
Even though drops and ointments are widely used, many people don't know the best way to put them in. But with a little preparation, you can comfortably and easily put drops or ointment in your eyes or someone else's.
If you have questions about this information, take it with you when you visit your doctor.
Take these safety precautions when you use eyedrops or eye ointments:
Use them exactly as directed. Make sure you understand the directions, and do not use the drops or ointment longer or in larger amounts than your doctor tells you to. This can hurt your eyes.
If your doctor prescribed one type of eyedrop or eye ointment to treat one problem, do not use the same medicine to treat a different problem.
To use eyedrops, follow these tips:
If you are using both eyedrops and eye ointment, put the eyedrop in at least 10 minutes before the ointment.
The method for inserting eye ointment is slightly different than for inserting eyedrops. When using eye ointments, follow these tips:
Using a mirror may make it easier to see what you are doing.
Current as of: May 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
May 5, 2019
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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