Make eye drops a part of your Ramadan routine
This Ramadan don’t put your sight at risk by stopping your drops. If you have been prescribed drops for your glaucoma, it is essential you continue to take them throughout Ramadan to prevent damage to your sight.
That’s why our message is to make eye drops a part of your Ramadan routine: wake, drops, eat, pray, done!
Can I use eye drops while fasting?
One study by St Paul’s Eye Unit in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital found almost half of Muslims worry that using eye drops can break their fast, especially when the excess drop drains down the back of the throat and can be tasted.
It is important to note that according to the majority of Islamic scholars, eye drops are not considered to break the fast. But if you are still worried, there are some things you can do for additional reassurance.
One is to block your tear duct by pressing on the corner of your eye next to your nose, immediately after putting in your drops. This stops the drops reaching the back of your throat, and keeps them in your eye, where they need to be.
If in doubt, you can choose to use your drops between Suhoor and Iftar.
Watch our film about the importance of using glaucoma eye drops during Ramadan
Managing glaucoma eye drops while fasting during Ramadan can be challenging. We’ve produced this film, in collaboration with the Muslim Council of Britain, to explain why it is important to keep using your eye drops as prescribed, and hints and tips to help you remember.
The Islamic ruling regarding using eye drops is that it is allowed. Especially if you’ve got a medical condition which requires you to use eye drops.Shaykh Kazi Ashiqur Rahman
Imam & Khateeb of Darul Ummah London
Help us reach more people
We also have a poster available for download, highlighting the importance of using eye drops during Ramadan. If you are able to display this somewhere safely and prominently, please do so!
Listen to The Glaucoma UK Podcast Ramadan Special
Listen to The Glaucoma UK Podcast Ramadan Special, available now on all podcast platforms.
On this edition, you’ll hear a conversation between Jo, Debbani and Nawaz, as they discuss the importance of using eye drops and maintaining good eye health during this time.