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Eye drop instructions fact sheet

Eye drop instructions

Important points to remember

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately before and after putting in drops.
  • Do not touch the tip of the bottle.
  • Leave at least 5 minutes between each different type of drop.
  • Have a clean tissue to wipe away any excess that spills onto cheek.
  • Administer the drops only as often as the Doctor has directed.
  • Discard drops 4 weeks after opening bottle.

Instilling the eye drops

  • Lay the child down or sit with the head tilted back for older children.
  • Gently pull down the lower lid to form a pocket into which to put the drop.
  • After putting the drop in it is ideal to use a finger (cut fingernail short) to gently press in the corner of the eye.
  • Hold for 30 seconds and wipe away any excess from around the eye.

Administering eyedrops Administering eye drops

It can be difficult to put drops into children’s eyes. You may often need someone to help you. If drops are being put in at the beginning or the end of the day, it can be done while the child is asleep.

When using Atropine drops, if your child experiences facial flushing, dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention and/or rapid heart rate cease the drops and call the eye clinic to arrange a review.

Contact us

Ophthalmology Outpatients (2d)
Level 2, Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t 07 3063 2361 |  07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource no. FS308 developed by Ophthalmology Department. Updated: May 2018.
All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.