Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/20/2014 -- Artifical tears are used in cats and dogs to treat dry eye, to prevent drying while they are under general anesthesia, and to protect the eyes during a bath or when placing medication near the eye. It has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in animals but is routinely used by veterinarians and can be purchased without a prescription.
It comes as an ointment and drops. Artifical tears need to be applied multiple times a day, which is more often compared to the ointment which only needs to be given twice a day. There are no side effects from artificial tears but it does make their vision blurry for 10 minutes so it is important to watch them around stairs or anywhere they could get hurt. If the dog or cat is on more than one eye medication, it is important to space out the administration so the first drug has time to be absorbed and have an effect. The veterinarian will give instructions on what order each eye medication should be given. It is important to keep the tip of the bottle or tube clean. Do not allow it to contact the animal’s eye, hands or anything else that might contaminate it.
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