MUSIC Hello. My name is Henry Jampel, and I'm a facultymember in the Glaucoma Center of Excellence, anda practicing glaucoma specialist. In this tutorial we are going to be talkingabout how to use your eye drops. Although glaucoma can with operating roomsurgery and office laser treatment. Most glaucoma patients, at one time oranother, will need to use eye drops for theirdisease.
Many eye s and patientsunderestimate the difficulty involved in instilling an eyedrop. The most important errors that we observedwere touching the tip of the bottle to the skin or theeyeball itself. This can result in contamination andpossible infection. We also observed individuals who miss theeye entirely with the eye drop and others whosqueeze the bottle forcefully enough so that manyeye
drops instead of one are instilled in theeye. One should always wash one's hands beforeplacing an eye drop Assume a comfortable position, either onthe sofa or on the bed. The point is to get the face pointedtowards the ceiling. Grab the bottle with your dominant handbetween your thumb and your forefinger. After removing the cap from the bottle,grab a tissue with your other hand. Pull down on your lower lid. This creates a pocket or target for you toaim for with the eyedrop.
With some bottles the drop, when thebottle is inverted, will spontaneously leave the tip, and will hitthe surface of your eye. With other types of bottles, you will needto apply gentle pressure, blot any extra fluid that youfeel on your cheek. If you're using eye drops in both eyes,repeat in the other eye. Remember, just because you Feel fluid onyour cheek does not mean that you did not get the drop in youreye. Glaucoma eye drops are medication and theydo have the potential to
travel from the eye into the back of themouth and nose. From there they can enter the bloodstreamand potentially cause side effects that affectthe whole body. Although there's only a small percentageof patients where this will occur, you should ask youreye whether he should perform eyelidclosure to reduce the amount of medication that gets intoyour body. MUSIC
gt;gt; How many drops need to go in theeyeé gt;gt; Although some pharmacists and someprescription pads will want a specification of one or two drops, theanswer is always one. gt;gt; If I am using more than one bottle of medication, how long should I waitbetween bottlesé gt;gt; You should wait at least 3 minutes. However there is no reason to space thedrops out throughout the day. gt;gt; How do I know if I get the drop inthe eyeé