A prolapsed gland of the third eyelid is commonly called a cherry eye. This occurs commonly in Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Mastiffs, Cane Corso, and many others. Because the prolapsed gland is responsible for 30-50% of the aqueous portion of the tear film, surgery to replace the gland is the treatment of choice. Surgery has a 96-100% success rate when completed by a board certified ophthalmologist.
Third Eyelid Tumor: Tumors of the third eyelid in dogs tend to be locally aggressive, but early intervention is frequently curative. Any mass of the third eyelid must be differentiated from a cherry eye as therapy and prognosis may vary significantly. Dr. Holmberg will be able to differentiate a tumor from a cherry eye based on his examination.