PetMeds® Cherry Eye Treatment in Dogs
|Cherry eye is a fairly common condition of dogs that is the result of inflammation and protrusion of the third eye lid of dogs. It has the appearance of a cherry-like swelling emanating from the inner corner of the eye. This third eyelid is a significant source of tears in dogs and if it remains protruded, many dogs can develop a condition known as dry eye.|
Many years ago veterinarians used to remove these swollen third eyelids, however, because of the risk of dry eye, it is now widely accepted that the best treatment of this condition is surgical replacement of the third eyelid by a veterinarian under anesthesia. Most of the time this is curative.
There are no effective medical treatments, however, the best remedy is to keep the eyelid moist with artificial tears, lubricant and/or opthalmic antibiotics until surgical replacement can be performed.