Cherry eye is a common condition that can affect any breed of dog, but is one that we see very frequently in English Bulldogs.
Zeus, a four month old bulldog, is one such pup! Zeus first came to us in late August with a very typical presentation of unilateral cherry eye, or a prolapsed third-eyelid gland. While cherry-eye alone is not painful, if not corrected it can cause several problems for the patient. Prolonged exposure of the lacrimal gland can lead to chronic dry-eye, ulceration and iritation of the gland itself, and of the underlying cornea against which it sits.
Fortunately for Zeus, his parents were proactive and we were able to surgically correct his cherry eye within a few days of his inital consultation. Dr. Jurk used an imbrication technique, creating a pocket and tucking the gland back into place. This aproach preserves the functionality of the gland, allowing for normal tear production in the years to come.
Zeus was already pretty adorable, but post operatively he's downright handsome!