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THE PROPER USE OF EYE DROPS

Help patients understand how to use eye drops with this short video demonstration.

Help patients understand how to use eye drops with this short video demonstration.

  • VIDEO TRANSCRIPT | 3:28

    TEXT ON SCREEN: GSK ONCOLOGY ON DEMAND

     

    VO: Welcome to our video, “The Proper Use of Eye Drops.” To demonstrate the proper way to use eye drops we will show you how to use preservative-free lubricant eye drops.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: THE PROPER USE OF EYE DROPS

     

    VO: Preservative-free lubricant eye drops provide moisture to the eye which can help to soothe feelings of dryness.

     

    VO: Step 1: Before Putting In Eye Drops

    TEXT ON SCREEN: STEP 1: BEFORE PUTTING IN EYE DROPS

     

    VO: Before opening the vial and putting eye drops in your eyes, remember to wash your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: WASH HANDS WITH SOAP / 20-30 SECONDS

     

    VO: Next, read the label to confirm that you have the correct eye drop.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: READ LABEL

     

    VO: Because labels can vary among different types of eye drops, remember the following: check the expiration date, check the recommended time to discard, and follow the instructions of your healthcare professional as they may vary from the general directions on the package.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE AND RECOMMENDED TIME TO DISCARD

     

    VO: Step 2: How to Put In Eye Drops

    TEXT ON SCREEN: STEP 2: HOW TO PUT IN EYE DROPS

     

    VO: To begin, open the vial. Be careful to not touch the tip of the vial to your eye or other objects.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: OPEN THE VIAL

     

    VO: Then, while sitting in a chair, lean your head back and tilt your chin up towards the ceiling.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: LEAN YOUR HEAD BACK AND TILT YOUR CHIN UP TOWARDS THE CEILING

     

    VO: Next, open both eyes. With your free hand, gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a “pouch” or “pocket,” which helps to catch the eye drop.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: GENTLY PULL DOWN YOUR LOWER EYELID TO CREATE A “POUCH” OR “POCKET”

     

    VO: Then, hold the vial as close to your eye as possible. Again, remember to not touch your eye with the tip. If your hand is shaking, rest your hand with the vial either on your face or on your other hand.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: HOLD THE VIAL AS CLOSE TO YOUR EYE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT TOUCHING IT

    DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYE WITH THE TIP

     

    VO: Next, squeeze the belly of the vial until 1 drop falls into your eye. If you do not feel a drop in your eye, add another drop.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: SQUEEZE THE BELLY OF THE VIAL UNTIL 1 DROP FALLS INTO YOUR EYE

     

    VO: Slowly let go of your lower eyelid, then gently close both eyes for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Using your finger, apply light pressure to the inner corner of your eyelid, next to your nose, to close the tear ducts. This helps the eye drop to be fully absorbed into the eye.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: GENTLY CLOSE BOTH EYES FOR 30 SECONDS TO 1 MINUTE

     

    VO: Carefully blot away excess liquid that may be on your skin.

     

    VO: Next, open both eyes and repeat the above steps with your other eye. Note that your vision may be slightly blurry for a few minutes from the drops.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: REPEAT THE SAME PROCEDURE WITH THE OTHER EYE

     

    VO: As an alternative method, you may also lie down on a flat surface like your bed or sofa. With your eyes closed and without touching the bottle to your eyelid, put an eye drop in the corner of your eye near your nose. Then, blink to let the drop enter the eye.

     

    VO: Step 3: After Putting In Eye Drops

    TEXT ON SCREEN: STEP 3: AFTER PUTTING IN EYE DROPS

     

    VO: Now that you have put in your eye drops, wash your hands again with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. To properly care for your eye drops, store the box of vials according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: WASH HANDS WITH SOAP / 20-30 SECONDS

     

    VO: As an additional tip, a family member or caregiver can help if you have difficulty putting in your eye drops. Make sure that they wash their hands before providing you with assistance. There are also eye drop assistance devices which come in several forms. These devices can help with squeezing the vial, keeping the eye open, and aiming the eye drop. You can ask your healthcare professional about the right device for you.

     

    VO: Finally, remember to follow the instructions of your healthcare professional when putting in your eye drops.

    TEXT ON SCREEN: FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL WHEN PUTTING IN YOUR EYE DROPS

     

    TEXT ON SCREEN: THANK YOU FOR WATCHING

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    BLMVID210016 August 2021

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