10 Do’s and don’ts while using eye drops!

Whether it comes to treating dryness, infections or allergies, eye drops are quite a common drug found in cabinets. But how will you know how to use them the right way? Since the over-the-counter drops could make you prone to risk, we have some common things you should do and refrain from while using eye drops. Keep reading to find out!


1 Don’t use it all at once

The first thing you should always remember is not using everything at once. Your eye has the capacity to handle just one drop of the medicine. The ones that keep rolling down are just being wasted. Plus do not make the mistake of applying four to six drops all at once. That could be a huge mistake. Always take your time.

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2 Don’t mix and match

If you have been using different eye drops at the same time, we would suggest you to space them out a little. Drops could interact which will make your eyes watery. Often it could give you a burning sensation which will also reduce the level of effectiveness. You can speak to your doctor about the best ways in which you can juggle them.

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3 Keep a track of the doses

A third thing you should do is keep a track of your doses. You could move the eye drop bottle from one spot to another once you have used it. If you want, use a log and draw up some chart and check when a single drop has been put. Just make sure you are not constantly putting it in.

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4 Skipping drops are not allowed

Whenever you have an appointment coming up, never skip any drops. The whole purpose of this appointment is to check if the drops have been working. There is no need to worry about the prescribed eye drops that interfere with your appointment unless of course if you have instructions from the eye doctor.

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5 Know about the expiration date

The fifth thing you should have a good idea about is the expiration date. Once the date has passed, stop using it whatsoever. Buy a new one instead.

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6 Don’t diagnose yourself

If you have red eyes, don’t treat yourself. If you have a minor concern and the condition doesn’t get better within 48 hours, then you should speak to your doctor about it immediately. It is very important to get your eyes checked in situations like these since not taking enough care or not knowing enough about the situation could lead to delayed treatment and vision loss.

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7 Don’t confuse ear drops with eye drops!

You should always check the bottle twice before you put the drops in your eyes. The biggest mistake is basically confusing the eye drop with an ear drop. There are some people who put ear drops in their eyes. The result could actually be disastrous. So we would definitely suggest you to see the label before using.

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8 Don’t consume it

Your eye drops should never be taken internally by your mouth. If you or anyone else has accidentally taken the medicine by their mouth, you can contact their doctor and get the person to the hospital right away. Such situations are highly dangerous and should be avoided.

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9 Check with the doctor if you are pregnant

If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding at this point, you must always speak to your doctor and check with them before using eye drops. This is probably because meds could be absorbed inside your blood after they have been applied to the eye. You can also reduce the amount of medicine that has been absorbed right into the bloodstream by pressing the duct as you put the drops. The tear duct is right at the corner of your eye and very close to your nose.

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10 Don’t drive

A few eye drops tend to make your vision blurry for just a bit. So if your eyes feel the same, then we would suggest you to not drive at all. Also do not operate any other machine that is dangerous. Wait till your vision becomes clear.

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