Glaucoma: Reducing Medicine Side Effects - Topic Overview
Side effects often develop from glaucoma medicine, because the medicine moves its way
through the nasal duct into the back of the nose where it is absorbed into your
body's bloodstream. If you have side effects from your glaucoma eyedrops, one
of the following techniques for inserting them may help:
Gently pinch or pull out your lower eyelid and put your drops
into the pocket formed by the pinch. Pinching the lid makes a bigger lid pocket
to put drops in. Put the drop in the pocket, close your eyes, and tilt your
head back for about 5 minutes. Blot your eyes before opening them to remove
excess medicine from around each eye.
Tilt your head back and put
in the drops. Keep your eyes closed for about 5 minutes. Blot your eye before
opening it to remove excess medicine.
Put in the drops. Close
your eyes, and gently press on the inside corner of your eye for about 5
minutes. This blocks the tear duct and keeps medicine in the eye from
draining out through the duct.
If you have to put in more than one kind of eyedrops at the same
time, allow at least 5 minutes between each medicine. This will prevent the
first set of eyedrops from being washed out of your eyes.