The Anonymous Widower

A Simple Solution To The Tricky Problem Of Eye Drops

Since the cataract in my left eye has been removed, I have supposed to be putting drops in my eyes seven times a day. It’s four of one and three of another.

But it has all changed since the District Nurse brought me a pair of these shields.

The bottle with the drops is poked through the bottom of the shield and the cut goes over the eye. To get one drop, you squeeze the bottle gently.

I find the best place to be drop the drops, is lying on my back on my Chinese carpet, with my head on a cushion that C embroidered.

My father would have liked this device.

In his printing business he specialised in creating special cards and forms for the office systems of the 1950s and 1960s. So he would create guides and spacers out of wood in his workshop, so that his staff could perform complex operations quickly and efficiently.

It has certainly made putting the drops in my eye a lot easier.


The hospital should have given me a shield with the drops. The wholesale price can’t be that expensive.

November 20, 2021 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,


  1. I love the embroidered cushion. Your wife was obviously very talented. I have always had trouble putting in eyedrops myself and must make enquiries of my local chemists to see if they stock this item. It looks ideal for the job. I must confess that I did not realise you had to put in so many eyedrops.

    Comment by Ron | November 20, 2021 | Reply

    • Thanks. My wife would have liked the compliment.

      It’s four of one and three of another. The four are to stop infection. Although, I do wonder that as a coeliac on a long-term gluten-free diet my immune system could work to my advantage.

      I can’t see a name on them or find them on the Internet, otherwise I would have put in a link. They are the sort of device that could be made for a few pence.

      I think I’ll march in to Boots and ask my friend the pharmacist.

      Comment by AnonW | November 20, 2021 | Reply

  2. The hospital should have given you a shield with the drops – you would have thought so.
    Mind you I’ll guarantee there is a lot of other people have never been offered the device and would have benefitted.

    Comment by fammorris | November 20, 2021 | Reply

  3. Thanks!

    Comment by AnonW | November 20, 2021 | Reply

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