Keep eyes closed for 1-5 minutes following installation of eye drops
Consider also applying pressure at lacrimal ducts to prevent drainage
Keeping eyes closed limits drainage of ophthalmic medication into tear ducts
Medication is more easily systemically absorbed at tear duct
(2018) Presc Lett 25(5):28
(2013) Presc Lett 20(7):40
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