Great info from previous posts. I also go toward the eye in a scooping motion while holding the muzzle. You won't get all the lower eyelashes but that's fine as they look good with 1/4" left on them. So I don't worry about getting it super close to the eye. Just enough to shorten them up. I don't think it's possible to go away from the eye. In fact, that might be more dangerous as you won't be able to see where you're placing the trimmer very well. Once you do it, you'll probably see it's not nearly as nerve wracking as it sounds. I always start from the back of the eye and work my way forward.