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As something approaches your open eye, your natural reaction is to close to to protect your eye. This makes administering eye drops to children particularly difficult. When your doctor prescribes eye drops, you need to give them to your child on schedule, whether she likes it or not. You may need a firm hand to keep the eye open, but once you get the proper technique down, it will become much easier. Fortunately, the eye heals quickly, so you probably won't have to use the drops for long.