... too high for me and one or two drops come out all at once and then NO MORE. I have been through 3 very tiny poorly-designed bottles like this and even with insurance they still were $50 co-payment per bottle. I squeezed the bottles as hard as I could and hurt my eye on the last one trying to get a drop into my eye when there wasn't any. One dose each in a blob. A total waste of money, and my eyes are a mess and still infected. I cannot afford it any more no matter what the doctor says. It has to be refrigerated upside down and even then the bottles are EMPTY! RIPOFF!!!
If you get an empty bottle take it back to the pharmacy immediately. Eye drops can be tricky for someone to put in themselves. If its thick, the best thing to do is patiently wait until the drop comes out. Squeezing and shaking can cause problems. When they make drops they put them in larger bottles then the amount of drops require, so it can seem like you should have more then you do. There are 2.5 ccs in each bottle.
Its hard to believe that that's the only antibiotic eye drop that will work, there are so many out there. Many have generics and are much cheaper. If your dr insists on that one, tell him you need samples, or you can't afford it. I don't know an eye dr out there who doesn't have eye drop samples.
2.5 ml bottle should have 50 drops per bottle. These bottles are 4 or 5 ml size but are only about half full to begin with (2.5ml)so thats why it seems like there is nothing in them. They put them in twice as large a bottle as the amount of drops because this larger bottle is easier for people to handle (or is supposed to be) When you are squeezing them, you must be squirting out more than one drop at a time. Usually if you shake the bottle and invert it, you should be able to get a drop, if not, squeeze very gently. You only want one tiny drop to come out, you dont want a stream to flood your eye. I used to work for an eye Dr and I know some people have trouble with drops. They tend to waste a lot trying to get them in their eye. Do you have someone who may be able to help you put them in? If not there are tricks to employ. Never look at the tip of the bottle. If you see the drop coming, you will blink every time. You should tilt your head back (you can look until you get ready to do the drop so you get placement right) look up like you are trying to look at the top of your head, you should not be able to see the dropper, pull the lower lid down gently then let the drop loose. Practice with artificial tears if you have to. If you still cant do them, have someone in your eye Drs office help you. I used to teach people how to do drops all the time. Kaismama is correct about samples. When I worked for the eye Dr, we had tons and tons of samples so ask for them! It is hard for me to believe this is the only drop that will work either but none of them will work if you cant get them in your eyes.
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