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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
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
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.
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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