It is worth getting into a routine so that the drops are not forgotten. For instance you could keep the bottle or phial by your toothbrush, which will be a reminder when you brush your teeth. Rarely drops need to be stored in the ‘fridge once they have been opened.
There are various ways to put drops in the eye and everyone will decide which is best for them. One of the simplest is to sit or stand in front of mirror, pull down the lower lid with a finger of one hand, squeeze or tap the bottle according to instructions with the other hand, and let the drop fall into the pocket between the eye and the lid.
Another method is to tilt your head backwards while sitting, standing or lying down. If your drops are gel and not liquid, it may be easier to lie down in order to spread the gel along the inside of the lower lid.
After putting the drop in your eye, close your eye and gently press in the inside corner with a finger for one or two minutes. This will help to slow the rate ar which drops drain out through the tear duct into your system, rather than staying in the eye where they are needed. A small amount may, even then, drain through the tear duct and be swallowed, which is not normally harmful but which may lead to unwanted side effects in susceptible people.
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