If your rabbit cannot open its eyes, then you will need to act. There are lots of potential causes of rabbits not being able to open their eyes, but discharge and injury are often the culprits (for more information, look at our illness section). If you are sure that it’s not due to any of the causes on that page, and that it’s just a one - off thing caused by a particularly dusty day, then you can use a moist cloth to remove the gunk from your rabbit’s eye.
Bathing your pet's eyes is a delicate process - be as gentle as you can
It may be that your rabbit is simply unable to open its eye due to a buildup of substances secreted by the eye itself. If this is the case, you will need to get a moist, clean cloth (one that has been soaked in warm water) and sit your rabbit on your lap. Gently place the moist cloth over your pet’s eye. Don’t apply any pressure, just allow the cloth contact so that the water can soak into the substance and weaken it a little. After a few seconds, very gently wipe the closed eye once or twice, taking care not to be too hard. If the eye still does not open, then repeat the soak and wipe process again. If, after four or five repeats of this process, you’re still not having any luck, then we recommend taking your pet to the vet.