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Q. I've got an easy way to put in eye drops. Bend your head back, close your eye and put the drop in the corner. Open your eye and the drop will automatically run in.

A. Putting drops in your own eyes can be challenging. Getting the drop in the corner of the eye with your eyes closed might be hard unless you can enlist some help. If someone else can get the drop into the corner of the closed eye while you are lying down, it's easy enough to open the eye briefly. Then close the lid for two minutes so the medicine spreads over the surface of the eye.

If you are doing this for yourself, here's an alternate approach: pull the lower lid out gently to make a little pouch. Put the drop into the pouch and close the eye for two minutes.

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A little hint that helps immensely when you're putting drops in your own eyes: shut the other eye. Putting in drops is one situation where binocular vision is not helpful.

my ophthamologist told me about this several years ago. she said a child she was treating had told her about it - she has the same problem i do in that we can't stand to have drops put in our eyes. my doctor even said she was going to write a paper on this incredibly easy, effective method (which i thought was a stretch for a "paper"!) but it works so well - after all these years (i'm 60), i now can "do drops"!

The problem with this writer's suggestion is that the tear ducts are located in the corner of the eye and it is likely that the medication will drain out of the eye when it is opened.

Every time I tried at the second my eyelids shuts and drops don't go through. Doesn't matter how many times I try.Thanks for the tip. It worked like a charm. Thank you again.

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