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Eye drops & eye ointment

How to apply eye drops

How to apply ointment

Points to remember

How to apply drops or ointment for your child

Storing your eye drops

Some eye drops need to be kept in the fridge while others can be kept at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Always keep out of the reach of tamariki. Read the label on your medicine or ask your pharmacist how to store your eye drops. Return any leftover eye drops to your pharmacy who can dispose of them safely.

Expiry dates

All eye drops have an expiry date for use after opening. This is the length of time the eye drops are effective and safe to use. There are two types of eye drops – eye drops with preservatives and preservative-free eye drops. They have different expiry dates. Always check the packet for the expiry date or ask your pharmacist.

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