Cherry Eye in Pets

Cherry Eye in Pets

A prolapsed gland of the eyelid (or, “cherry eye”) refers to a pink mass that protrudes from an animal’s eyelid. Usually, the gland development is anchored by an attachment that is made up of fibrous material. This condition occurs in both cats and dogs—however it mostly affects younger pets.

How Can I Identify Cherry Eye in Pets?

The most common sign of cherry eye is an oval mass that protrudes from your pet’s third eyelid. This can occur in both eyes or just one eye and can be accompanied by irritation and swelling.

What Causes Cherry Eye?

This condition is often associated with a congenital weakness of the gland’s attachment to the pet’s eye. It is unknown however, if this condition is inherited. For cats, cherry eye can happen to any breed, however it is more commonly seen in Burmese or Persian cats.

How is Cherry Eye Diagnosed?

Your veterinarian will review the mass in your pet’s third eyelid to see if there are any underlying causes for the condition. The diagnosis for the prolapsed gland could be everted or scrolled cartilage in the third eyelid, a prolapse of fat in the pet’s eye or abnormal cells in the third eye.

What is the Treatment for Cherry Eye?

A treatment option for cherry eye includes a surgical replacement of the gland in the pet’s eye, or even removing the entire gland if the condition is that severe. If medications are recommended, they are typically topical, anti-inflammatory treatments that are effective in reducing swelling.


If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms or you have further questions about this condition, please contact us at 907-479-0001.