EYELID CARTILAGE EVERSION
is when the third eyelid cartilage is folded over so that the free
edge of the third eyelid points away from the eyeball towards the
1. Bassett Hound
inheritance of the condition is unknown, but may develop if the
cartilage grows too quickly
cause of this condition is unknown but is common in certain breeds.
It also seems to be common in younger dogs. It is possible for the
problem in both eyes, although the other eye can develop the problem
sometime after the eversion initially presents. In some cases the
eversion of the third eyelid cartilage can be associated with a
cherry eye which is a prolapse of the third eyelid gland (see information
therapy i.e. drops & ointments are not effective. Surgery is indicated
to remove the deformed third eyelid cartilage. The eversion of the
third eyelid can also cause conjunctivitis.
deformed cartilage is surgically removed. The affected third eyelid
is sometimes temporarily stitched across the eye for 7 to 14 days.
You will not be able to see the eye as it will be covered by the
third eyelid. The eye may open as the stitches start to stretch.
surgery requires a general anaesthetic and half a day in hospital.
We find that in most cases there is very little swelling or postoperative
discomfort after the surgery. In some breeds especially the Basset
the gland of the third eyelid may prolapse causing a cherry eye.
We always check for this at the time of the surgery.
some cases this may not become apparent after the swelling related
to the cherry eye and the surgery resolves. This means that more
surgery may be required.