Cherry Eye Repair/Third Eyelid Gland Correction

Animal Doctor provides Cherry Eye Repair/Third Eyelid Gland Correction surgery. We accept referrals and provide second opinions.

Description: The gland of the third eyelid is everted and clearly visible externally as a smooth pink or red structure at the inside of one or both eyes. 

Symptoms & What to look for: Presence of a red or pink structure at the inside of one or both eyes, may be accompanied by increased eye tearing or discharge. Watch for squinting, discomfort, pawing or scratching at the eyes. 

How does it happen? Typically a genetic condition.  Certain breeds are predisposed due to head shape including Beagles, American cocker spaniels, and brachycephalic breeds, especially the English bulldog.  Burmese cats are also predisposed.

What questions do we ask?

  • How long has it been present?
  • What changes have you seen?
  • Has your pet been squinting, pawing, rubbing, or scratching at the eye(s)?

What are the steps we take to treat your pet?

  • Full medical exam including an ocular exam
  • Additional testing of the eye may be needed, including fluorescein staining and tear testing.

Animal Doctor Cherry Eye potential treatment plans?

  • If conjunctivitis is present, topical antibiotic agents may be prescribed to treat infection and decrease inflammation.
  • If decreased tear production is present, topical moisturizing agents will be prescribed to help maintain ocular moisture.
  • Cleaning any mucoid discharge from the eye is recommended with eye wash as needed.
  • Surgery is typically recommended to replace the gland back into its normal position and to prevent any secondary issues including conjunctivitis and decreased tear production.

What are the risks if Cherry Eye is left unmanaged?

Conjunctivitis may occur due to exposure of the gland with subsequent inflammation and/or infection of the mucous membranes.