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Eye drops for glaucoma contain medications. Bottle shapes and sizes vary as do the type of containers.
Most commercially made eye drops deliver a drop that is bigger than the eye can hold. Because of this, it is normal for a small proportion of the drop to roll over onto your cheek. Also, different bottle types may last varying amounts of time as each may have a distinctive eye drop size.
It is difficult to squeeze just one drop from a bottle at a time. It is therefore normal for a bottle not to last as long as your pharmacy provider may think it should. If that happens, make sure you remind your pharmacy that CMS (Medicare) and many states have mandated that you are allowed extra eye drop refills.
Eye drops can be challenging to instill. Here are some tips you may find helpful.
Open eye with your non-dominant hand.
There are many methods for instilling drops; the following suggested method works well for many people.
Instilling the eye drop.
Make sure that you have a friend or your doctor watch you instill the drop in your eye. If you are having problems, ask your doctor or your doctor’s technician for help.
Article by Alan L. Robin, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Wilmer Institute and Associate Professor, International Health at Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD.
Last reviewed on August 20, 2012
This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Gleams.Subscribe