How to put in eye drops

Step-by-step instructions on how to use eye drops to treat dry eyes.

Using eye drops, or artificial tears as they're also called, becomes quick and easy once you’ve practised a few times. Our head optician recommends following these simple steps to ensure the proper application of your eye drops and prevent wasted drops.


Step 1: Wash and dry your hands before using eye drops

Before you apply eye drops or touch your eyes, wash and dry your hands.


Step 2: Tilt your chin upwards, look up and pull down your lower eyelid

Sit comfortably and tilt your chin upwards. Look up and gently pull your lower lid down, using two fingers of your non-dominant hand.


Step 3: Support your hand to prevent slipping, squeeze the bottle and apply one eye drop

Support your dominant hand with your non-dominant hand to prevent your wrist from slipping. Now squeeze the eye drop bottle gently, keeping it a safe distance from your eye, and apply one drop.


Step 4: Close your eyes, blink to distribute the drop. Now repeat for the other eye.

Close your eye and blink a few times, to distribute the drop evenly. Now wipe away any extra drops with a clean tissue and repeat for the other eye.

Eye drops for dry eyes

Dry eye syndrome is an eye condition that can be very uncomfortable and impact on the quality of your vision. Many people are affected by dry eyes for various reasons, including allergies, glaucoma, a lack of sleep and dehydration.

If you’re suffering from dry eyes, eye drops are a fast and effective way to treat the condition and enjoy soothing relief. There are lots of brands and types of eye drops available, from the bestselling Blink Contacts and Everclear eye drops available at Vision Direct, to prescription eye drops that are used to treat specific eye conditions. When choosing eye drops, ensure that they are suitable for you, especially if you wear contact lenses, and always read the instructions before using them.

Can I use dry eye drops with contacts?

Contact lens wearers can use eye drops to improve comfort and prevent blurry vision, but be mindful: while our eye drops are compatible with contact lenses, not all eye drops are compatible with contact lenses. Only use eye drops that specifically state they are compatible with contact lenses on the bottle. Never use a brand of eye drops that is not specially formulated for use with contact lenses, if you are wearing contacts. Consult with your optometrist or ophthalmologist if you're unsure. Drops will soothe and moisturise your eyes, helping you to wear your lenses for longer without any problems. During the day, if you feel that your eyes are irritated, eye drops can also help to remove any dirt or debris that might be causing your vision to blur or become distorted.

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