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Prescription eye drops for glaucoma help maintain the pressure in your eye at a healthy level and are an important part of the treatment routine for many people.
Always check with your doctor if you are having difficulty.
If you are still having trouble putting eye drops in, here are some tips that may help:
Try approaching your eye from the side so you can rest your hand on your face to help steady your hand.
If shaky hands are still a problem, you might try using a 1 or 2 pound wrist weight (you can get these at any sporting goods store). The extra weight around the wrist of the hand you’re using can decrease mild shaking.
Try This. With your head turned to the side or lying on your side, close your eyes. Place a drop in the inner corner of your eyelid (the side closest to the bridge of your nose). By opening your eyes slowly, the drop should fall right into your eye.
If you are still not sure the drop actually got in your eye, put in another drop. The eyelids can hold only about one drop, so any excess will just run out of the eye. It is better to have excess run out than to not have enough medication in your eye.
If the eye drop bottle feels too small to hold (in cases where a dropper isn’t used and the drop comes directly from the bottle), try wrapping something (like a paper towel) around the bottle.
You can use anything that will make the bottle wider. This may be helpful in some mild cases of arthritis in the hands.
Assistive devices are available to help you put in your eye drops.
Last reviewed on September 06, 2013
This article appeared in the May 2010 issue of Gleams.Subscribe