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Eyedrops

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I've told a few people about this and it seems to be uncommon enough knowledge, so I'll put it here in case it'll help someone else.

At some angles, I have about the manual dexterity of an oyster. I can't self-administer eyedrops with my head tilted back like every other normal person on the planet can.

I do this instead:

  1. Stand upright in front of a mirror.
  2. Pull one lower lid down a little.
  3. This makes a little trough.
  4. Drop your Visine (or whatever) into the little trough.
  5. Blink.
  6. Blink faster.
  7. Repeat with the other eye.

I've also learned to control the volume of the Visine droplets so that I don't get any of it rolling down my cheeks.

This works well when you have mascara and other eye makeup on. Well, whuddya know... the Girl Being Lessons were worth it after all =)

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ducks
Dec. 29th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
When I was doing St. John Ambulance, your method is taught in the Home Health Care module, so you're doing something right! :)
bride
Dec. 29th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Huh, interesting... I would have thought more people would know about this.
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bride
Dec. 29th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, every once in a while I'll run into someone who also can't. And they'll be so thankful I told them about the eyelid trough method. =)
xinit
Dec. 29th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
I've had a couple instances where things like Visine made my eyes worse; dryness became stinging badness... so I'm a bit eye medicine shy on that front. That combined with the horror of anticipation and seeing that drop just... hanging... there... and my fingers powerless to squeeze more for fear the eyes will later punish them by not seeing sharp bits of paper, broken glass, etc. It's times like this that I feel my body deserves what I do to it; it's like one big union squabble...

It's things like this that make me know that contact lenses and LASER eye surgery are not things that I should investigate... the eyes would have my fingers amputated or worse...
bride
Dec. 29th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
it's like one big union squabble...

BWAHAHA!! XD
allucquere
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
If I try to do anything with my head tilted backwards, I fall right on my butt. :) I use another method; my head tilted to the side, and administer the drops to the outside corner of my eye. *shrug*
bride
Dec. 29th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Heehee, whatever results in not falling on butts and not stabbing out eyeballs is a good thing =)
tanrinia
Dec. 29th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
i fight violently against anyone who is trying to put eyedrops in my eyes, including myself.

i have to lay down, close my eyes, and place the drops in the corner of my eye closest to my nose, and then blink the liquid in.
bride
Dec. 29th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
That's my problem though. If my eyes are closed, I can't see where I'm going with the dropper =D
lovesroses
Dec. 30th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
That's how I have to do it or the eye drops end up in my nose! :o)
bride
Dec. 30th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Haha! Ergh... =D
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