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Phone: (07) 3282 672212 South Station Road, Booval, QLD 4304
(Pictured Left: Case Vet Dr Hannah Van Wunnik)
Chewie’s Cherry Eye
Chewie the 10 week old Maltese was presented to the clinic by his owner due to a concerning lump which had suddenly appeared in his eye. Dr Hannah closely examined the eye, using a fluorescein stain to eliminate the potential risk of ulcers and damage to the affected eye, these tests were thankfully normal. During further assessment the vet confirmed that Chewie was suffering from a cherry eye. A ‘cherry eye’ is a disorder of the nictitating membrane, commonly known as the third eyelid. This defect causes the gland in the third eyelid to prolapse and protrude from the eye as a red fleshy mass (Refer to the picture below).
Although alarming for the owner, unfortunately this condition quite commonly occurs at a young age. If caught early, a cherry eye potentially can resolve with eye ointments, however in Chewie’s case this was not effective and surgical intervention was necessary.
The recommended surgical treatment of a cherry eye is replacing the gland in its original location. Harmful complications from cherry eye surgery are unusual but recurrence may unfortunately happen due to the weakness of the eye structure. Chewie underwent surgical reconstruction with Dr Hannah and we are happy to report that this was successful. Fingers crossed he can now enjoy his puppy adventures with his new view on life.
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