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Friday 24th of November 2017

Cherry Eye

General information on Cherry Eye

Cherry eye is when the nictitans glands are everted. In a cat with cherry eye, the third eyelid will fold over causing the glands to fold over. This condition is uncommon and may be seen in either one or both of the eyes. Although there is no known cause of this condition, it is believed that some causes may be a weakness in the ligaments attaching the third eyelid, which may or may not be hereditary, or cherry eye may be caused as a result of inflammation. This condition can be irritable for the cat and can cause ulcers in the cornea of the catís eye.

Symptoms of Cherry Eye

Some of the symptoms for cherry eye may be watery thick discharge coming for the affected eye, redness to the lining of the eyelid, pink or red mass protruding form the inner corner of the catís eye.

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Treatments for Cherry Eye

The treatment for cherry eye is that, typically, the nictitans gland is surgically repositioned. The condition can be managed through topical anti-inflammatory corticosteroid medications that will reduce the inflammation, but the affects of this treatment rarely results in the gland returning to its normal position. On rare occasions, the nictitans gland is surgically removed, but this is not recommended since there is decreased tear production and the cat will be predisposed to living a life with dry eye.

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