While tilting your head back, pull the lower lid of your eye down with one hand. Hold the eye drops bottle or tube in your other hand (rest part of your hand on your forehead if necessary to keep it steady).
Place one eye drop or a small amount of ointment inside your lower lid. The tip of the medicine bottle or tube should not touch your eye.
Blink and dab away the excess eye drop fluid with a tissue.
If you are prescribed both eye drops and eye ointment, use the eye drops first, otherwise the ointment may block the absorption of the eye drops.
If you have more than one type of eye drop to put in your eyes, wait about five minutes after the first medicine before putting in the second eye drop medicine.
Keeping the eyes closed (without continued blinking) for a few minutes may allow better penetration and effectiveness of the medication.
Immediately after using the eye drops, wash your hands to remove any medication that may be left on them.
If you have any questions, talk to your eye doctor.
Nearly everyone has eye pain or sore eyes at some point. Eye pain sometimes gets better on its own, but it can also be a sign of something more serious.
Your eye doctor can figure out what's going on and find the right treatment for you.