Eye drops are beneficial to the treatment of cherry eye in dogs as the drops reduce swelling and inflammation, according to FidoSavvy.com. The use of eye drops can sometimes cure cherry eye due to the reduction in swelling, but it is not the most common treatment to effect a total cure.
Surgery is the most effective treatment for dogs to cure cherry eye. There are two types of surgeries canines can undergo, with the most preferred method being manipulating and tacking the gland back into place, says FidoSavvy.com. The second involves removing the tear gland itself completely. This procedure is most common if the cherry eye has been present and untreated for a prolonged period of time or attempts to tack the gland back into place have been unsuccessful.