🍒 👁 = 3rd Eyelid Disorder (located @inside corner of the eye).
The 3rd Eyelid is a membranous structure that contains glands & normally you aren’t able to see it.
With 🍒 👁 this 3rd eyelid shifts out of its normal position & becomes swollen & inflamed, resembling a 🍒 !
The reason for 🍒 👁 is unknown. It can occur in one 👁 or both 👀 & is most common in younger dogs & puppies.
Certain breeds are predisposed to this condition; they include:
So what causes this 👁 sore? While it is considered a hereditary condition, the exact role that genetics play is unclear. In some cases, it may develop secondarily to inflammation, but in many cases, the cause is unknown.
In most cases, cherry eye is an easy condition to spot. A pinkish–red, round, cherry–like mass will protrude from the inside corner of your dog’s eye. The eye might also look red or inflamed, glassy, watery, or you may notice mucus or a pus-like discharge from the eye. Also, your dog might be pawing at the affected eye.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Unfortunately, medications rarely help the prolapsed third eyelid move back into its normal position, so surgery is needed. Surgery, which consists of suturing the prolapsed structure back into place, has a very high success rate. Because the third eyelid is responsible for producing one-third of your dog’s tears, removing it is not an option, as your dog can develop dry eyes (keratoconjunctivis sicca) & require lifelong eye drops to help keep the eye moist thereafter.
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