Eye drop dispensing aids
The Glaucoma UK helpline often receives calls from people who have difficulty putting in their drops. This page describes the range of different eye drop dispensing aids, some of which may be prescribed.
We know that the easier people find it to put their drops in the more likely they are to stick with their daily routine. Our helpline staff are happy to advise on which dispenser would best suit your needs. Please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01233 64 81 70 to speak to an advisor.
Eye drop dispensing aids
Below are descriptions of some of the most common dispensing aids available.
The Opticare Arthro has an adjustable eyepiece and long handles for maximum effect with little pressure. It is especially designed for those with hand and arm mobility problems such as arthritis or sports injury. It is also particularly good for use by a carer/relative who administer drops for the patient since the device offers flexible positioning. It’s available free of charge on prescription to those who are eligible. The blue-coloured Arthro 5 can be used with 2.5ml and 5ml round bottles.
The cream-coloured Arthro 10 can be used with 10ml and 15ml round bottles. Unfortunately Cosopt, Duotrav, Timoptol, Timoptol LA , Travatan, Trusopt, Xalacom and Xalatan bottles do not fit in this dispenser.
Spruyt Hillen Universal Eyot
The Universal Eyot is designed to help with the stable positioning of the bottle over your eye so you can accurately squeeze a drop into your eye. It can be used with the following drops:
- Iopidine – Alcon
The Opticare is a hand-sized dispenser with an eyepiece for aiming the drop accurately. It has a large squeezable area to make it easy to administer a measured dose and can be prescribed free of charge to those who are eligible. It is best suited for round bottles, and there are black and grey rubber collars which come with the Opticare for bottles which may need adjustment to fit. There are some generic drops that may require the use of the two collars.
Most bottles can be opened and closed without removing them from the Opticare. The following bottles are very easy to use in this aid:
Allergan drops: Alphagan 5ml, Betagan 5ml, Combigan 5ml, Ganfort 3ml and Lumigan 3ml.
Novartis drops: Azopt 5ml, Betoptic 5ml and Iopidine 5ml.
Santen Blue DropAid
The Santen Blue multi-dose Dropaid is designed for use with the new design of preservative-free drop bottles which have a blue blister on the top. Please be aware that it is not compatible with normal screw cap eye drop bottles.
This aid can be used with the Hylo series of eye drops with a pump-type design. Most of these drops are for managing dry eye disease.
Spruyt Hillen Silicone Bottle Opener
This aid helps you grip the lid of the bottle more easily. Simply place it over the eye drop bottle and twist. You will need to take the plastic covering off first.
How do you put your eye drops in?
There are various ways to put drops in your eye and you will need to decide which is best for you. Some people like to stand at a mirror, while others prefer to lie down or use the wrist on knuckle method.
You can learn more about the common techniques on our eye drops page and then experiment with each.
Getting into the routine
It can be hard to manage eye drops. Here are some handy hints….
Remember: Try to put the drop in at the same time each day. If your drop needs to be put in twice a day, try to leave 12 hour gaps between drops.
If you have to use more than one eye drop, wait at least five minutes between them (or longer if advised by your ophthalmologist).
If you wear contact lenses, wait at least 15 minutes between putting in the drop and putting in the lenses, and never put eye drops in while wearing lenses
I missed a drop
If you forget to use your eye drop and remember a couple of hours later, put the drop in then, and get back to your normal routine as soon as possible. If you’re nearly at the time to put your next drop in, just wait until your normal time.
Don’t put extra drops in to “make up” for missing some – this won’t have any effect and the extra drop will just drain out of your eye
I keep forgetting…
Try leaving your eye drops somewhere obvious, to help you remember to put them in. Perhaps next to your toothbrush?
Set a daily reminder on your phone.
I need more help!
Download our drops chart, so you can tick off when you put your drop in.
Ask family members to help remind you to use your drops.
Our glaucoma helpline advisors are also on hand to answer any questions you may have about your eye drops.
Call 01233 64 81 70 or email email@example.com (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.00pm)