(Using a mirror or having someone else give you the eyedrops may make this procedure easier.)
|1Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
|2 Avoid touching the tip of the tube against your eye or anything else - the medication and its container must be kept clean.|
|3 Holding the tube between your thumb and forefinger, place it as near to your eyelid as possible without touching it.|
|4 Brace the remaining fingers of that hand against your face.|
|5 Tilt your head forward slightly.|
|6 While tilting your head back, pull down the lower lid of your eye with your index finger to form a pocket.
7 Squeeze ribbon of ointment or gel into the pocket made by the lower eyelid. Remove your index finger from the lower eyelid.
8 Blink your eye gently; then close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes.
|9With a tissue, wipe any excess ointment or gel from the eyelids and lashes. With another clean tissue, wipe the tip of the tube clean.|
|10 Replace and tighten the cap right away.|
|11 Wash your hands to remove any medication.
- Follow directions carefully
- Do not miss doses
- Your eyesight may be cloudy after using the ointment or gel
- Store medications out of reach of children
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