2 Position light/lamp. Ensure there is adequate light. Avoid
shinning the light directly on the patient.
3 Tilt the patient's head slightly to the side to instill the eyedrops.
(b) Patient sitting up.
1 Tell the patient to place his head in an inclined position to the
side to instill eyedrops.
2 Tilt the patient's head slightly backwards.
3 Support the patient's head.
4 Position the light/lamp. Ensure there is adequate light and
avoid shinning the light directly over the patient.
Perform a patient care handwash.
Check the eye dropper for cracks or chips.
b. Instill Drops.
Using your forefinger, gently pull down the patient's lower eyelid.
Tell the patient to look up (as for eye irrigations).
The patient may look down only if required by the physician.
(3) Instill one drop of medication into center of the patient's lower eyelid,
unless otherwise directed by a physician.
(4) Tell the patient to slowly close his eyes, not squeezing them together,
and not to rub his eyes (see figure 1-3).
Figure 1-3. Instill drops.