What technique should you use after instilling your eyedrops?
Confusing, isn’t it?
Some doctors say, close your eyes for a minute or more after putting in drops.
Some say, no need to close them – just blink.
Why would there be more than one way to do it?
Some eyedrops, like timolol and others in that same class, can get into your bloodstream and cause side-effects.
Just as if you had taken a pill of timolol (which, by the way, does exist).
Timolol taken orally is used to lower blood pressure. If you are using the eyedrop form and already have low blood pressure, that can be a double-whammy.
With eyedrops that can get into your system like this, rather than just work locally on the eye area, it’s best to close your eyes for a minute or more after putting the drops in.
Why? You ask?
I’m glad you asked!
Closing your eyes helps keep the eyedrop medicine out of your tear ducts, which helps prevent it from being absorbed into your bloodstream.
Which other eyedrops does this happen with?
The ones in the beta-blocker class, like timolol, are the usual suspects.
However, check with your doctor or pharmacist if any of your other eyedrops might cause concern. They have the best access to your records and can check them for you.
Your doctor should be the one to tell you what technique he prefers for you.
As always, discuss this information with your doctor. The information found on this site is not to be substituted for medical advice from your own personal physician.