Cherry Eye

Cherry Eye


What is Cherry Eye?

There is a gland located in the third eyelid, known as the third eyelid gland.  This gland is normally hidden behind the third eyelid and kept in position by a small ligament.  A Cherry Eye is when this gland prolapses and is visible with the eye.   Cherry Eye is thought to be caused by a laxity or weakness of the ligament holding it in place. 

Cherry eye

What breeds are predisposed to Cherry Eye?

  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Bulldog
  • Beagle
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Shih Tzu
  • Bloodhounds

How is Cherry Eye repaired?

Cherry Eye can be repaired surgically when your pet is under a general anesthetic.

Are there any postoperative complications?

The third eyelid gland is responsible for the production of 30% to 60% of tears in the eye.  If this gland is surgically removed there is a higher chance your pet can develop “dry eye” (Keratoconjuntivitis sicca) later in life.  Dry eye is a condition that requires life-long medication to supplement tears that the eye can no longer produce.   Even after the surgery has been performed there are instances where if part of the gland remains it may re-occur and require further surgery.

If you have any questions, please call us at (519) 250-0099.

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