How to Use Your Eye Drops and Ointments


NARRATOR: THIS VIDEO WILL
SHOW YOU HOW TO USE EYE DROPS AND OINTMENTS PROPERLY. WE’LL SHOW YOU THE DROPS FIRST
AND THE OINTMENT SECOND. THE FIRST THING A PERSON
NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT ANY MEDICINE IS WHETHER IT’S STILL OK TO USE. CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE
ON THE PACKAGING TO MAKE SURE. BEFORE USING EYE MEDICINES, WASH YOUR HANDS
WITH WARM WATER AND SOAP. IF YOU WEAR CONTACT LENSES, TAKE THEM OUT BEFORE USING
ANY EYE MEDICINE, UNLESS YOUR DOCTOR TELLS YOU
THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO. NOW WET A CLEAN WASHCLOTH AND GENTLY WIPE THE AREA
AROUND YOUR EYES TO CLEAN IT BEFORE PUTTING THE MEDICINE IN. SOME EYE DROPS NEED
TO BE SHAKEN, OTHERS DON’T. READ THE DIRECTIONS, OR ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
ABOUT YOUR PARTICULAR MEDICINE. NOW UNCAP THE BOTTLE. DON’T TOUCH THE TIP
OF THE BOTTLE WITH YOUR FINGERS. TILT YOUR HEAD BACK,
AND PULL DOWN YOUR LOWER EYELID. THIS CREATES A POCKET
TO PUT THE DROPS IN. SQUEEZE THE BOTTLE
UNTIL ONE DROP FALLS INTO YOUR LOWER EYELID. THE TIP OF THE BOTTLE SHOULD
NEVER TOUCH YOUR EYE. APPLY GENTLE PRESSURE
AT YOUR TEAR DUCT TO HELP DISTRIBUTE THE MEDICINE. IF YOU CAN’T TILT
YOUR HEAD BACK, YOU CAN USE THESE SAME STEPS WHILE LYING ON YOUR BACK
AND LOOKING AT THE CEILING. SOMETIMES PEOPLE NEED DROPS
AND THEN OINTMENTS, AND SOMETIMES THEY NEED
MORE THAN ONE KIND OF DROP. EITHER WAY, THE RULE IS
TO WAIT 5 MINUTES BETWEEN DIFFERENT KINDS
OF MEDICINES. IF YOU HAVE DROPS AND OINTMENT, PUT THE DROPS IN
BEFORE THE OINTMENT. NOW WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW
TO PUT OINTMENT IN YOUR EYE. THE FIRST STEPS ARE THE SAME
AS THE STEPS FOR THE DROPS. CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE. WASH YOUR HANDS
WITH WARM WATER AND SOAP AND WASH THE AREA
AROUND YOUR EYES. UNCAP THE OINTMENT, BEING CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH
THE TIP OF THE TUBE. THIS TIME,
TILT YOUR HEAD FORWARD. YOU STILL GENTLY PULL DOWN
ON YOUR LOWER EYELID TO CREATE A POCKET
FOR THE MEDICINE. SQUEEZE A THIN RIBBON
OF OINTMENT INTO THE POCKET YOU’VE MADE. THEN RELEASE THE EYELID, LIFT YOUR HEAD, AND BLINK
SEVERAL TIMES TO HELP SPREAD THE MEDICINE
ACROSS YOUR EYE. YOU SHOULD EXPECT YOUR VISION
TO BE BLURRY FOR A MOMENT. KEEP BLINKING
AND DON’T RUB YOUR EYES. YOU ALSO CAN CLOSE YOUR EYES
FOR 30 SECONDS OR SO, AND THE BLURRING SHOULD GO AWAY. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO NOW
IS REPLACE THE CAP, THEN WASH YOUR HANDS
ONE MORE TIME TO REMOVE ANY EXTRA MEDICINE. MOST EYE DROPS AND OINTMENTS SHOULD BE STORED
AT ROOM TEMPERATURE, OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT. SOME NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED. YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
WILL TELL YOU IF YOURS NEED REFRIGERATION. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP
THE BOTTLES OR TUBES CLEAN TO PREVENT INFECTION. USING EYE DROPS OR OINTMENTS
DOESN’T HAVE TO BE DIFFICULT AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW
THESE SIMPLE STEPS.

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