Eyedrops are designed to help the tear film. The tear film is a thin layer of fluid that covers the entire surface of your eye. It has three separate layers that each perform important functions. The three layers are

  1. Lipid (oil) layer
  2. Aqueous layer
  3. Mucin layer

Which eye drops are good?

This depends on what your problem is.

  • Drops that are excellent for oil-layer difficulties are Novatears or Cationorm.
  • Drops are effective for aqueous-layer difficulties including Hyloforte.
  • If there is a problem with the health of the eyelids, you may benefit from Optimel (Manuka) gel or drops.

For clients with severe levels of dry eye, you will benefit from prescription options such as low-dose steroids or immuno-suppressant treatments.
If you suffer from dry eye symptoms overnight, then a gel or ointment is often prescribed.
Treatments will often be combined to generate the most effective outcome.

How do I put eyedrops in?

  • STEP 1: Face a mirror
  • STEP 2: Pull the bottom lid down on one eye
  • STEP 3: Tipping your head back a little, watch in the mirror to guide the bottle or vial to be nearest to your lid.
  • STEP 4: Allow a small drop to leave the bottle and have the bottom of the drop ‘just’ touch your eyelid. The anatomy of the eye will cause the eyedrop to be drawn into your eyelid.

Do not allow the tip of the bottle or vial to touch your eyelid or eyelashes. This causes microbes to be able to pass back into the bottle, where they can grow and cause infections