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How to Administer Eye Medications

Safety tips:

  • Clean the eyes of any discharge or debris before applying medication.
  • Keep hair around the eyes trimmed (excessive hair can collect ocular discharge and traumatize the corneas). If you need help, ask your veterinarian or groomer to clip the hair for you.

Applying eye medications

  • Hold the bottle or tube between your thumb and index finger. Steady the heel of your hand against your pet’s forehead to prevent the tip of the bottle or tube from touching the eye. Use the third finger of either hand to lift the upper eyelid.
  • Instill a ribbon of ointment or a drop or two of solution onto the eye. As an alternative, you may apply a halfinch strip of ointment on a clean fingertip, turn the lower eyelid inside out, and gently transfer the strip of ointment into the gap.
  • Release the eyelid.
  • If you need to give your pet more than one eye medication, wait a minute between applications. Because solutions can’t penetrate through the film of an ointment, administer solutions first.
  • Solutions may enter the duct which connects the eye to the nose, and drip from the end of your pet’s nose. Some bitter medications may cause salivation. You should not be concerned if either occurs.
  • Your pet may require an Elizabethan collar, which will prevent the pawing and rubbing of eyes after medications are applied.