Why do I taste my eye drops?
Have you experienced this before: Instilling eye drops into your eye and tasting the eye drops thereafter?
Why does it happen?
Tears are produce by the lacrimal gland and it flows on the surface of the eye to the lacrimal punctum (opening on the eyelid margin on the inner aspect of the eye). The tears then drain to the lacrimal sac and through the nasolacrimal duct into the nose. We then swallow the tears. Medicated eye drops will also go through this route into our throat, we therefore can taste the medication.
Is there a way to stop getting the taste of the eye drop?
Yes. The method is called punctal occlusion:
Instill the eye drop into your eye. Then use your finger to press on the bony structure between your nose bridge and the eye. You are actually pressing on the lacrimal sac (purple circle in the photo above). This prevents the eye drop from reaching your nose. Press for about half a minute with your eyes closed. This should prevent you from tasting your eye drops. The photo below shows you where to press.
Let me know if it works. 🙂