The taste of eye drop in your mouth
Wether you use eye drops rarely or frequently, you must have felt a taste of it in your mouth or throat shortly after administering eye drop in your eye.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS?
First off, you should know that when you are tasting your eyedrops despite only putting it to your eyes, it means that the your tear outflow function is
working perfectly and that the drops are actually entering the eye instead of sometimes getting wasted falling out of the eye.
Let’s be practical here, get a mirror very close to your eye, pull down your lower lid gently and you’d notice a small structure with opening at tip of the lower lid ( towards your nose). This is called the lacrimal punctum.
So normally, When you blink or produce tears or have another liquid in your eyes, some of it drains into these holes and then into the lacrimal sac, the nasolacrimal duct, and eventually into the back of your nose and throat, where you might get a taste. All of this structures mentioned are located between your eyes and your mouth.
This explains why you feel the taste of eye drops.
CAN IT BE AVOIDED?
Yes, you can definitely avoid tasting eye drops on your mouth. In this case you can practice the punctal occlusion technique, which is simply pressing the corners of the eye tightly for few minutes immediately after applying the eye drop. This is also good for drug efficacy because you can be certain the eye drops are getting right into the eye and not into the drainage.
We hope the next time you want to use an eye drop,you can be sure of what to expect from the way you apply the eye drop.
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