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newly diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes. Hopefully caught at an early stage. Using eye drops in both eyes - great difficulty in doing this. Things are better since I moved from a bottle to single use drops, however I still have problems:-

  1. Getting my aim right. Has it really gone in to the right place?
  2. Have I really only delivered one drop?

Any suggestions?

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    Shake container well to mix contents and make them as fluid as possible. Push point of container to inside bridge of nose. Move slightly to upper, inside corner of eye and squeeze out drop until you feel cool wetness of liquid. Close your eye and make sure liquid got to the right spot. Blink your eye to distribute liquid.

    I'd bet there are utube vids out there to further explain if needed. Good luck.

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    Hi Patrick,

    Yes, I have that problem also. I have to use two sets of drops. One kind I use once a day at night and the other kind twice a day morning and night.

    I do both eye at the same time otherwise it would take me forever.

    You'll probably see that you'll improve as you go along. That's what I found. The longer you do it, the better you get at it. At night, after I've washed my hands, I lie down and put a kleenex on my chest to rest the unscrewed top. Make sure at this point that your head is back far enough, position your eye dropper just above your eye, and pull down on your lower lid while looking up. Try to feel the drop dropping on your eye. Then I do the same thing with the other eye.

    Hope that helps. In the morning, I like to get up so I wash my hands and sit on the couch and do exactly the same thing with drops I do twice a day. I have to use these stronger drops because I have what they call Pseudo-Exfoliation Syndrome, which are flecks that gather in the iris making the glaucoma worse.

    Don't hesitate to ask me any questions.

    Micheline

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      Hi Micheline,

      You say you put your drops in morning and night, might be me reading your message wrong but do you have 2 drops in each eye to put in in each eye.I'm under Moorfields with my ICE type glaucoma and have to make sure i leave 10 mins between each drop which they say should be normal or each drop as it wont work and wash the first one out.DO you have to put artifical tear drops in too, i do , every hour i'm supposed to do but my goodness its clock watching or setting an alarm on my phone.

      How's your vision , mine has gone in 1 eye.

      Hoping your eyes are comfortable.

      Vanessa

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      Hi Vanessa,

      Sorry for the delay. I just saw your message. I didn't receive an email telling me I had a question.

      Before, Buotrav was prescribed for me to apply once a day at bedtime for the pressure. Then, when the Pseudo Exfoliation Syndrome was discovered, a stronger drop Simbrinza was prescribed to apply twice a day to lower the pressure more effectively to ready me for cataract removal. So now, I have to apply 2 sets of different drops at night in both eyes, and the one set in the morning in both eyes. I also have to apply ordinary wetting solutions or artificial teardrops twice a day because I also have dry eye disease in both eyes.

      It's becoming clear to me that there are different requirements for different medications (drops). I usually start with the milder drops which say to wait 5 minutes to apply another kind of drops and perform the finger pressure in the inner corner of the eyes for 30 seconds. Then I apply the stronger ones and do the finger pressure for 1-2 minutes. That's what this medication requires. I do 1.5 minutes. I have trouble with that. I don't have a phone alarm and am left to count the seconds in my head. I wonder how other people count the minutes?

      Also, I googled "how to apply eye drops for glaucoma" and it brought me to a glaucoma website and the doctor said just closing your eyes is as effective as adding the finger pressure in the inner corner. I do the finger pressure but still have the side-effect of the nose drip which is very annoying.

      My vision was ok before I developed this Pseudo Exfoliation Syndrome in my right eye. It wasn't the best but ok. I'm not sure if I lost some vision, but my vision is blurry. This makes my left eye doing all the seeing for me. And because the flecks that materialize on the iris chokes the eye trying to release fluid, it becomes a worst problem for glaucoma.

      Last word, and this to Patrick as well or anyone having problems inserting drops that I got from the Glaucoma site -- practice with ordinary wetting or artificial teardrops solutions. Practice makes perfect.

      Hope this helps.

      Micheline

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      Hi Vanessa,

      Just wanted to add sorry that you lost vision in one eye. Is it completely gone? How did that happen if you don't mind me asking?

      My eyes are somewhat comfortable most of the time, but sometimes I experience some pain but it comes and goes. My worry now is what kind of vision I will get from the cataract removal. They can't guarantee anything. So I'll be worried until it's done 3-4 months from now. We have this wonderful 18 months waiting period here in Ontario. I've been waiting for 2.5 years in total. And I read online that with the Exfoliation disease it should done a.s.a.p. before the cataracts thicken too much. But who cares!

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      Hi I lost the vision slowly but had surgery to have a drainage tube inserted which didnt go to plan, like you i do get occasional pain but generally this is when im tired , i also suffer with extreme dry eye too, which 8 have artifical tear drops.Have had a catarract removed vision was good for a short time but again didnt stay for long.Its more my eye condition and not the norm. Still drive and work so am happy about that.

      Regards

      Vanessa

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      Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you for your response. Well, it's good to hear you can drive and work and am very happy for you. It seems like we have at least one eye we can sort of depend on. I might have to go through that procedure one day for my right eye that has that exfoliation disease as it increases the pressure. So I might also lose my vision in that eye.

      I don't drive, but I'm hoping I can still see my bus coming from at least a block away (far vision) and hope I can continue to read online and crochet which is my passion (near vision). So here's hoping.

      I wish us both good luck and all others with this affliction.

      All the best.

      Micheline

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    I find best way is to pull lower eye lid down tilt head back then try and aim the drop into the pocket in the lower eye lid then keep your eyes closed for 2 minutes keeping your head tilted back.

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    Hi Patrick...Best way to do this, is pull out the bottom of your eyelid to make a pocket, and put a drop in..close that eye and repeat in the other one...straight away use your fingers to press on your tear ducts ..this stops the drops from running in your nose, and down the back of your throat...this lowers side effects, of the drops getting into the body...and keeps them in your eyes...I usually do this for 3 to 5 minutes....afterwards I wash out a baby wipe with warm water and wipe my eyelids this stops the drops from hardening on your eyelashes, and causing discomfort...I have been doing this for 18 months now...If you look up how to put in eye drops, you will find all this on utube...Take care....

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    It takes some practice, I learned to pull down the middle bottom part under, eye lashes of my eye forming a tear drop effect and the drop will fall into the area.

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    MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE WITH THEIR KIND REPLIES!

    I shall just keep on trying with your advice in mind.

    PATRICK

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      I don't know if you saw my comment, but I saw on a Glaucoma website that you can practice this with any ordinary wetting solution like Visine or similar products.

      Hope this helps as well.

      Micheline

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