Eyes wide shut

HERE’S a tip for children who, like my own, are cursed with lack of courage for any medical intervention.

If they refuse to open their eyes when a parent or doctor approaches with an eye drop bottle in hand, don’t struggle to pry them open, advises Dr Nick Hallebone from East Malvern, Victoria.

Lie the child down and let them close their eyes as tightly as they want, then apply the drops to the inner canthus. As the eye opens, the drops inevitably displace onto the eye surface. 

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