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Eye Drops: An Ocean of Uses

Tips for Using Eye Drops

  • All eye drops are intended to be sterile when used. Check each bottle you buy to be sure its seal is intact.
  • Don't let the applicator touch your eye surface or anything else -- especially with preservative-free eye drops.
  • If you need two or more different types of eye drops, apply them separately at five-minute intervals.
  • Use eye drops only as directed by your doctor or the label on the bottle.
  • Follow your doctor's or the manufacturer's recommendation about when to discard eye drops.
  • With prescription eye drops, ask your eye doctor for dos and don'ts concerning their use.

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Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on November 05, 2013

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