How to Use Eye Drops
Bausch + Lomb creates a wide range of eye drops each for a specific purpose; lubricating eye drops for dry eyes, redness relievers for red eyes, allergy or eye itch drops for itchy eyes. We manufacture eye drops that are available with and without a prescription. You should choose a drop that addresses your symptoms. [For example, if your eyes are not red – don't use a drop with a decongestant or redness reliever - overuse of these products could lead to increased eye redness, known as a "rebound effect."]
||Use lubricating or artificial tear eye drops
||Use lubricant and decongestant (redness reliever) eye drops which will constrict the small blood vessels in the eye to help reduce eye redness
|Red, itchy eyes
||Use an antihistamine eye drop to reduce itching and decongestant to reduce redness
||Use an eye drop with an antihistamine
Your eye care professional can help you choose the eye drop that is right for you.
Directions for Using Eye Drops
- Tilt your head back.
- Pull your lower lid away from your eye to form a "pocket" by either (1) pulling your lower lid down with your index finger or (2) pinching the lower lid with your thumb and index finger and pulling out.
- Hold the bottle upside-down with the other hand, and let a drop fall into the "pocket." Don't let the tip of the bottle touch your eye or eyelid.
- Close your eyes (don't blink) and apply light pressure to the point where your lids meet your nose. Hold for two to three minutes.
- Before you open your eyes, wipe the unabsorbed drops and tears from the closed lids with a tissue.
- If you are taking more than one type of eye medication at the same time, wait three to five minutes before using the second drops.
- Read and observe package instruction and warnings.
- Don't share eye drops with another person.
- Remove your contact lenses before using an eye drop that isn't specifically intended for use with contact lenses.
- If you have any unusual or uncomfortable symptoms while using eye drops, contact your eye care professional immediately.
- If the drops you are using don't provide relief from the symptoms you are having, contact your eye care practitioner.