You can sleep after inserting eye drops

Use eye drops correctly

Many people who use eye drops for the first time notice that this is more tricky than they imagined. It may happen that you have not been adequately explained how to administer the drops properly. Older people in particular often have problems dropping something into their own eyes. Careful application is important for two reasons:

  • Sufficient effect: If the drops run out of the eye again, only part of the drug can develop its effect and the treatment is less effective.
  • Reduction of undesirable effects: If you do not close your eyes properly after use, the drops can flow into the nasopharynx. If they are absorbed into the body via the mucous membrane, this can lead to undesirable consequences rather than application to the eye alone. For example, those used for glaucoma can put strain on the cardiovascular system and breathing.

If you are unsure how to use eye drops correctly, you don't need to be afraid to ask your doctor. He or she can explain exactly how best to go about it.

Depending on the type of eye drops, there may be special features that should be observed. You can get information about this from your doctor's office, pharmacy or read it in the package insert. As a rule, the following procedure is recommended:

  • Wash your hands before use to prevent dirt or germs from getting into your eyes.
  • Remove contact lenses and only put them back in after 15 minutes at the earliest.
  • Tilt your head back and gently pull your lower eyelid down. Look up.
  • Hold the vial close to your eye, but without touching it.
  • Apply the drops to the lower edge of the eye, also without touching the eye.
  • Then let go of the lid and close your eyes (don't squint).
  • Slightly squeeze the inner corner of the eye to prevent the drops from flowing into the nasopharynx.
  • Keep your eyes closed for about one to three minutes. The exact duration depends on the drug, information on this can be found in the package insert.
  • Just try out whether it is easier to drip while sitting or lying down.

If further eye drops are used, about ten minutes should elapse between the administration of the remedies. The ophthalmologist will provide information about the order in which the drops are best administered. It is important to pay attention to the shelf life of the drops. For many remedies, it is recommended that you use them within four weeks of opening.