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Shroff Eye Hospital is India's First Eye Hospital accredited by the Joint Commission International (USA) since 2006. Shroff Eye is also India's first and only Wavelight Concerto 500 Hz LASIK center. Shroff Eye has stood for excellence in eye care since 1919. A firm commitment to quality is at the heart of all services provided at our centers at Bandra(W) and Marine Drive, Mumbai.

The Do’s and dont’s of eye medication

Correct use of medication can dramatically increase the success rate of treatment. Not taking medication or changing your regimen without consulting your doctor can lead to ineffective treatment and in some cases even visual loss. It is crucial to follow the medical routine prescribed by one’s physician.

Opening the eye droppper: make sure your hands are washed before handling your eye drops. Your fingers must never touch the tip of the eye dropper during opening and closing the dropper as this may contaminate the eye drops.

It is important to tell your doctor of medications that you are or have been allergic to.

Make sure you know the name of the medication and how often you need to take it.

Taking multiple drops at the same time reduces effectiveness. Wait 15 minutes between drops.

Do not increase the number or amount of medication taken at one time – ” If some is good, more must be better” does not hold true.

If possible, keep eye drops in the refrigerator. When cold, it is easier to tell if drops have gotten into the eye. Eye drops that require to be kept cold may lose their potency if left outside. Always replace the cap after using the drops.

Do not stop taking medication just because you have no obvious symptoms.

Take all prescribed doses at the prescribed time. Missed doses reduce the effectiveness of treatment.

Remember to take medications with you when you travel.

Before instilling the drops, check which eye they are meant for (e.g., left eye instead of right eye) and check the label for the right drops, expiry date or tampered seals.

If the eye drops are milky, do not forget to shake well before use.

Learn how to take eye drops properly – tilt the head back; pull the lower lid down with the index finger; look up when putting in the drops. This will stop you from blinking, and keep the medicine from draining out of your eye too quickly. To prevent contaminating the eye dropper tip, be careful not to let the tip touch your eye, eyelid, eyelashes or fingers; do not blink repeatedly after instilling the eye drops; instead shut the eyes gently and press one finger against the lower lid where it meets your nose for atleast 2 minutes – this slows down the absorption of eye drops into the blood stream. Use a tissue to blot around the eyes, but do not rub.

Maintain a medication schedule and lists of treatments of doctors.

If uncomfortable symptoms occur when using eye drops, discuss the problem with your ophthalmologist.

Prescription eye drops such as steroids are extremely potent. Using them without the knowledge of your eye doctor for a problem that seems similar to an earlier problem is dangerous. Prolonged or indiscriminate use of steroids can cause cataract and/or glaucoma, leading to decreased vision.

We hope this information has been useful to you, and we look forward to keeping in touch with you in the future.