Doctor explaining eyedrop dosage

How to Use Eyedrops – Oval Bottle

How to use eyedrops: holding the bottle

Step 1

Remove cap. Hold the bottle upside down between thumb and index finger.

How to use eyedrops: positioning the bottle

Step 2

Gently tilt head back. Position bottle above eye. (Do not touch eye with dropper tip.)

How to use eyedrops: getting the drop in your eye

Step 3

With your other hand, place finger under eye and gently pull down to create a pocket between the eye and the lower eyelid.

How to use eyedrops: applying drop in the eye

Step 4

Gently squeeze the sides of the bottle to dispense one drop. Be sure that the bottle doesn’t touch the eye or it may become contaminated.3

How to use eyedrops: shutting eyes after application

Step 5

Keep your head tilted backward and close your eyes for two to three minutes while gently pressing your index finger on the inside corner of your eye.4

Learn the Proper Technique in Five Easy Steps

Studies show that a significant number of patients have trouble getting their eyedrops into their eyes, or mistakenly believe that they are taking them correctly when in fact they're not.1 So if you're having difficulty taking your eyedrops, you're not alone.

Common problems include missing your eye, putting more than the prescribed number of drops in each eye, and letting the bottle touch the eye – which can cause contamination of the bottle.2

Because you won't fully benefit from the medication you've been prescribed if you don't take it properly, it's important to learn the correct technique for taking eyedrops. Here are five simple steps to make sure you're applying them the right way.

How to use eyedrops: holding the bottle How to use eyedrops: holding the bottle

Step 1

Remove cap. Hold the bottle upside down between thumb and index finger.

How to use eyedrops: positioning the bottle

Step 2

Gently tilt head back. Position bottle above eye. (Do not touch eye with dropper tip.)

How to use eyedrops: getting the drop in your eye

Step 3

With your other hand, place finger under eye and gently pull down to create a pocket between the eye and the lower eyelid.

How to use eyedrops: applying drop in the eye

Step 4

Gently squeeze the sides of the bottle to dispense one drop. Be sure that the bottle doesn’t touch the eye or it may become contaminated.3

How to use eyedrops: shutting eyes after application

Step 5

Keep your head tilted backward and close your eyes for two to three minutes while gently pressing your index finger on the inside corner of your eye.4

Perhaps most importantly, if you continue to have difficulty taking your drops, let your doctor know. There’s nothing to be ashamed of – many patients have the same problem. And understanding what you’re going through will be important for him or her to have a clear picture of how your treatment is working.