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Cherry Eye in Dogs

Cherry eye is the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, a common congenital eye defect in various dog breeds where the gland of the third eyelid, known as the nictitating membrane, prolapses and becomes visible. Commonly affected breeds include the bulldog, chihuahua, cocker spaniel, beagle, pekingese, neapolitan mastiff, and basset hound. Cherry eye may be caused by a hereditary weakness in the connective tissue surrounding the gland. It is most common in puppies. The most common treatment involves ointments and a tuck in method where the gland is pushed back in. There is a high possibility of reoccurence with the tuck in procedure and it also causes some degree of discomfort for the dog. Along with these disadvantages, the cost of this procedure is relatively high.

Our Method of Removal

Our method, developed by Dr. Lee, is called the Core Out Method. This method involves exclusively removing the core of the cherry eye while saving the surrounding tissue. This procedure is done through laser which minimizes pain and bleeding. Complications involving dry eye are a common concern amongst owners. With this procedure, the chance of dry eye developing is minimal if not already present.

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