For a number of eye related problems, eye drops are the solution. However, using eye drops isn’t simply a case of going to a pharmacy and picking up the first bottle you see. In order for eye drops to have the desired effect you need to choose the right eye drops, store them safely and put them in correctly.
Everything You Need to Know About Eye Drops
- Choosing The Correct Eye Drops – If you are suffering with dry or irritated eyes, you may want to solve the problem with eye drops. However, there are a lot of eye drops to choose from and choosing the wrong type could do more harm than good. There are three main types of eye drops; eye drops for dry eyes, eye drops for red eyes and eye drops for allergies. The correct eye drops will depend on the specific eye problem you are having.
- Storing Eye Drops Safely – The majority of eye drops need to be stored in a cool, dry place but some should be stored in the fridge. You will find information on where to store the specific eye drops that you are using on the packaging. It’s important to avoid storing eye drops after they have expired, as using out of date eye drops can cause damage. A lot of eye drops will expire three to four weeks after being opened. As is the case with all medicines, eye drops should be stored out of a child’s reach.
- How to Put Eye Drops In – A lot of people worry about putting eye drops in, assuming it to be a difficult task and one they will need help with. However, with the right technique you should be able to put eye drops in without help. Start by tilting your head back slightly and looking up, then use one hand to pull your lower eyelid down and away from the eye. Hold the eye drop tip above the eyelid you have just pulled down and squeeze the bottle gently. The eye drops should fall directly into the eye.
Though eye drops can help with dry eyes and irritations, ongoing problems may need to be looked at by a professional. If you are experiencing problems with your eyes and eye drops aren’t helping, book an eye examination at Reynolds Opticians. We offer a professional, friendly and experienced eye exam service.