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Giving Eye Drops Article

The biggest problems pertaining to giving eye drops as a blind parent are:
(a) fear of wasting medicine, and (b) fear of sticking your poor kiddo in the eye with the nozzle

of the dropper. both can be dealt with.
Try it this way:

Ask the pharmicist for an empty eye dropper just like the one that contains the medicine you’ll

be using. If you have an especially kindly pharmicist, try asking for that bottle full of sterilized

water. Get yourself a quantity of sterilized water to go with the dropper; you’ll need it!

Step 1: Private preparation: Go somewhere nobody will bother you, tip your head back and

use that extra bottle full of clean water to start giving yourself eyedrops. Even if you generally

do give yourself eye drops, it’s worth taking this extra step as each eye dropper behaves

slightly differently. Practice until you know how much pressure to use on the bottle to plop

one eye full of liquid from the dropper into your own eye. (This is where you learn how not to

waste medicine.)

Don’t try to hang on to the lid of the eyedropper while you’re doing this. Put it down

somewhere first.

It’s usually necessary to pull the eye open with your nondominant hand. I use index and

middle fingers of my nondominant hand reaching in from the side to pull uper and lower lids

apart. Pay atention to how this feels and to how much pressure you use to get the eyelids open.

Pay attention to your hand position so you don’t stick yourself in the eye iwth your own

fingers! If you have long nails, cut them before you do this!

Those two fingers can then serve as a guide to position the eye dropper. (this is where you

figure out the how not to stick anybody in the eye with the nozzle.) Play with your eye

dropper full of clean water until you have a handle on this. Be sure to do both eyes: the

positioning is slightly different. Keep practicing until it’s easy and until you don’t stick

yourself in the eye … ever.

Step 2: Innocent adult volunteer. It’s all very well to give yourself drops, but it’s a much more

nervous-making process to do it to another person, and if your kiddos are like mine, they’ll

detect nervousness in a flash. So, before trying this with your wiggley kids, get another adult

to volunteer as your subject. Seriously, if you don’t have guts enough to drop clean water into

an adult’s eye, you won’t have guts enough to drop real medicine into a reeal kid’s eye.

Get your volunteer to sit in a chair facing away from you. Tip his/her head back. I like to have

the top of the head about at breast bone level which is more or less the height of my daughter

standing up.

If you’ve practiced on yourself enough, the hand positions will feel similar even though your

arms and wrists are oriented differently. Be sure to do both eyes; one will be slightly different

than the other.

If your volunteer resists: that is, if s/he gets nervous and squeezes her eye shut when you’re

going in for the drop, just stop, remind her calmly to relax and start over. Forcing the eyelids

open could lead to a slip and an injury. The person will tense up less if you’re quick, efficient

and calm.

Be steadfast: you’ll be tempted to quit after one successful go. the practice is good for you and

isn’t hurting your volunteer. Practice until you feel pretty comfortable and until you can do it

smoothly and with minimal fussing. Split the practice into a couple sessions if you want.

Step 3: Go for it. I wouldn’t recommend letting your kids see any of this preparation work. the

goal is for them to believe this is no big deal.

Place your kiddo in front of you facing away from you. tip the head way back I usually rest the

top of her head against my chest. Wiggliness notwithstanding, it should go about like it did

with the adult volunteer.

Once you have the drops in, remind her to stay put for a few seconds and not immediately

start wiping drops out of her eyes.

shazam! Good job!

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