Swan Veterinary Hospital

Prolapsed Third Eyelid ("Cherry Eye")

A prolapsed third eyelid, or "cherry eye" is caused by prolapse of a tear gland attached to the third eyelid. The gland slips out of place and bulges forward, causing the membrane to become inflamed and irritated. The most common method to treat this condition is surgical. During surgery, the gland is manipulated back into the position that it should be, and secured in place.


Post-Surgery Care:

To ensure a safe recovery after anaesthetic, it is best to keep your pet inside overnight, somewhere warm and quiet. Please offer your pet a small meal tonight (about half of the usual amount).

Please note that some swelling of the third eyelid and a small amount of discharge is to be expected for a week or so post-operation. You can gently wipe this away with a warm cloth or tissue.

Following corrective surgery, a buster collar will be put on your pet. This must remain on at all times to help prevent your pet from rubbing at the affected eye.

We advise you to bring your pet back in 10-14 days to have the surgical site examined and to check the healing process.

When you pick up your pet after their procedure, the staff at reception will give you an "Aftercare Bag". This will contain a course of antibiotics and pain relief to be administered at home. Eye drops or ointment may also be prescribed to help alleviate swelling and prevent infection. When using eye drops please be sure to hold your pet's eyelids open so that the medication is placed directly into the eye. If you are unsure how to apply it, please ask any of our staff and we will happily demonstrate the correct way. Please be aware that the above medications are case specific so you will be given what your pet requires depending on their surgery requirements. Please administer any medication as per the instructions on the label.

If at any time you are concerned or you notice an increase in discharge, pain, or swelling during your pet's recovery, please do not hesitate to call us at the clinic on 9274 1845 in case any stitches may have come loose and may be irritating the eye.