Cherry Eye on an
English Bulldog Puppy
Cherry eye is the term used to refer to
nictitans gland prolapse, a common
eye condition in
breeds where the gland of the
eyelid prolapses and becomes visible. It appears as a red mass in the inner
corner of the eye, sometimes mistaken for a
condition generally occurs before the age of two years. The eye becomes
chronically inflamed and there is often a discharge if this is not corrected.
Because the gland is responsible for a large portion of the eye's
the eye can eventually suffer from dryness (keratoconjunctivitis
Surgery is the usual treatment. Older methods of cherry eye correction
involved simply removing the gland, but it is a last-resort procedure today
(complemented with a lifetime of eyedrops if performed), as the gland's purpose
was unknown then. Modern methods of cherry eye correction involve repositioning
of the gland to its normal location. The success rate of this type of surgery is
approximately 80% in most breeds.
- Gelatt, Kirk N. (ed.)(1999). Veterinary Ophthalmology (3rd ed.).
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
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