Yes it will work, something I have done when the eye is too small to tie a knotless. just pass the line through the eye after tightening so as to give the hook the kick in effect. So initially line off the back of the shank becomes off the front once threaded through the eye.
I understand. My hands now cramp up sometimes when I'm tying a small hook on the bank. You have my sympathies. I'm sure a mate would tie you some, if that would be acceptable. I'm still struggling to use a hooktier with a spade end - can't get the hang of it after 60 years tying with my hands. But I have been impressed by the Guru ready-tied spade-ends - I'm sure there must be some good eyed ones on the market.
I am having problems with my fingers as well due to arthritis and although I have always used the matchman hook tyer I found I couldn't hold the line tight at the same time as turning the tyer. I got one of these and it is perfect for using at home. Not so convenient on the bank however. A motorised version is £20 more, but don't feel the need for that.