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This brochure is designed to give a general overview on eye drops and how to administer them properly. It is useful for patients with glaucoma and other eye conditions.
A considerable amount of any eye drop you instill drains from the eye down the tear duct to the nose and then the throat, eventually absorbing directly into the blood. Depending on the medication being used, this can result in side effects such as: shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations or even an asthma attack.
To minimize the risk of side effects, after instilling eye drops, gently press your index finger over the drainage canal openings with your eyes closed. These simple actions will reduce absorption into the blood by about two-thirds.