Cherry eye

Cherry eye is a common problem in young dogs, where a tear producing gland under the eye, breaks some of its supports and protrudes forward. It is seen as a pink mass in the corner of the eye. Both eyes often become affected, but usually at different times.  It is commonly seen in Beagles, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels and Neopolitan Mastiffs.  As the gland produces a lot of the eyes tears, prompt surgical replacement is always recommended.

Cherry eye may develop in a mature patient but is more often associated with trauma, infection or tumours. A biopsy for laboratory assessment may be recommended for these patients.

Surgery is usually very successful, with only a small amount of swelling and discharge noticed for a short period after surgery; however the Neapolitan Mastiff can be significantly more problematic, and as such is the most common breed with cherry eye referred to the Auckland Animal Eye Centre for treatment.