CHERRY EYE

WHAT IS CHERRY EYE ?

Cherry Eye is a common condition inherited in certain breeds of dogs, unlike humans dogs have 3 eyelids rather than 2, and the problem is caused when the tear gland in the 3rd eyelid becomes swollen and red, covering part of the eye. There is no real evidence to suggest that this is uncomfortable , but the glands are crucial to maintaining eye health, so its important that problems are treated promptly.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CHERRY EYE ?

When the gland in the third eyelid swells, it causes a pink bulge which covers part of the eye. It protrudes from the corner of the eye closest to the nose.

IS CHERRY EYE PAINFUL FOR MY DOG ?

Although unsightly it doesn't usually cause much discomfort unless complications appear.

WHAT CAUSES CHERRY EYE AND IS MY DOG LIKELY TO GET IT ?

Dogs who suffer from cherry eye normally have a genetic predisposition to the condition, and symptoms will normally arise in pets under the age of two. Breeds in which cherry eye is commonly found are English bulldogs, lhasa apsos, cavalier king charles spaniels, shih tzus, West Highland white terriers, pugs, bloodhounds  and Boston terriers. 

There have been instances where owners have reported cherry eye occurring when a dog has become overexcited, scared or shocked.

HOW IS CHERRY EYE TREATED ?

It's sometimes said that cherry eye can be resolved by carefully massaging the affected eye to reposition the prolapsed gland. Occasionally the gland will correct itself on its own or will do so after a course of medication and steroids.

But surgery is normally required. Historically the vets removed the prolapsed gland but this has since been found to result in dry eye or even blindness.The only way to resolve the condition is to surgically replace the affected gland back in its proper location.

There are different techniques but, unfortunately this is not always a long term solution and recurrence is often.

Dog's that have the condition should not be bred.

 

notes with thanks to www.bluecross.org.uk

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