How I Keep Hiro’s Eyes Clean

Hiro’s eyes are a problem case. Always dirty, black icky stuff in the corner of his eyes. And when we don’t do something about it, it only gets worse. It gets hard and it will only get more and more. But Angelswhisper gave me a good tip last year!

Photo by Tigerente.

Photo by Tigerente.


I use a herb called Euphraisa (also called Eyebright). The herb is often used to treat eye infections. The flowers are blue-white, purple or violet. Some species of Euhprasia also have yellow markings.

Dried Eyebright.

Dried Eyebright.

Most herbalists use eyebright to make tea out of it, and make a compress out of it for redness, swelling and visual disturbances caused by conjunctivitis and blepharitis (chronic inflammation of the eyelid). Eyebright can also be used to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and hay fever. Typical preparations are a warm compress or tea.

Alternative names are Augentrostkraut, Euphrasiae Herba, and Herbe d’Euphraise.

Dirty eyes. But his eyes has been dirtier. Hiro's eyes are also very watery at times, which causes more eye-dirt.

Dirty eyes. But his eyes has been dirtier. Hiro’s eyes are also very watery at times, which causes more eye-dirt.

How I Use Euphrasia.

I make tea out of Eyebright, and I use that tea (when it has cooled down) to make Hiro’s eyes clean with it. You can also buy Euhprasia in stores, in a liquid form or in tablet. But tea is the cheapest. I can buy it on the market here for less than 2 euro’s.

I notice that when I keep cleaning his eyes with it, the fresher and less watery they look and the less faster they and less dirtier they get. I started with cleaning his eyes two or three times a week, and now I changed it to once a week.

What Do You Need?

  • Dried Eyebright.
  • A glass.
  • A container to put the tea leaves in, and into the water.
  • Make up pads.
  • Water.

How Do You Use It?

I assume everyone knows how to make tea! But you never know!

  1. Put some tea in the container. No need to use a lot! I only use a little bit, and the stronger the tea is, the more Hiro will hate it.
  2. Fill the glass with boiling hot water
  3. Put the container in the glass with water
  4. Wait till the water changes color.
  5. Let the tea cool down.
  6. Put a bit of tea on the make-up pad. Only a bit is needed.
  7. Squeeze out the make up pad if needed, to get rid of too much tea. It doesn’t need to be super wet.
  8. Clean your cat’s (or dog’s or rabbit’s) eyes with it.
  9. Give a treat!

Does your cat’s eyes get dirty a lot?

25 Responses to “How I Keep Hiro’s Eyes Clean”

  1. catfromhell

    Wow! Thanks! I have been looking for something I can use on Nellie’s eyes. What we have been doing is not having the same effect it used to. This may help. We have been having trouble staying on top of her eye issues.
    You guys ROCK!!!
    Nellie’s Mom
    PS Yes we read you guys all the time in our reader. We just don’t comment very often, We should as we really appreciate your blog. Thanks

  2. Kitties Blue

    Our very first Cat Skooter had this problem. His eyes also water all the time. We dis covered his tear ducts were blocked. After having that fixed, it was better. Thanks for this excellent information. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. twoblindcatsandcrew

    With my blind felines, I am always keeping there eyes clean. Hemingway and Muezza do not have any eyes but there eye sockets and tear ducts always need cleaned out. Will this work for them? Please let me know. It would greatly appreciated. Thanks Blind Cat Revolution.

      • twoblindcatsandcrew

        Thank you. I will look forward to knowing the response.

      • Cats & Co

        I sadly couldn’t find ANYTHING about it. :(
        But I think you could just give it a try. In the end, I don’t put it in Hiro’s eyes, as he closes his eyes when I rub them clean, and the make up pad isn’t that wet that it gets into his eyes.

      • twoblindcatsandcrew

        Thanks for answering. I will give it try on blind felines and let you know. Thanks.

  4. Connie

    Eli’s eyes are horrid.. but he hates it when I touch him (unless he asks for it) so I tend to let them be gross until it gets so bad I feel neglectful..

    • Cats & Co

      Hiro is the same way. He really really hates it to get them cleaned. but he forgets about it as soon as he smells the treats. ;)

  5. tvkapherr

    My cats had the same problem, with their eyes. My vet, discovered that in fact is was a respiratory illness. I had spent years treating it as an eye problem, but got curious when our new cats developed the same problem. A simple treatment of Maxitrol eye drops solved the problem. I mention this because it is quite common to mistake the problem as an eye issue, when in fact it stems from the respiratory system and shows up in the eyes. Good luck, you have a beautiful cat.


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