Squinting can be a sign of a minor irritation or a severe problem that needs immediate medical attention. A full ophthalmic exam should be preformed any time your pet is having problems with its eyes. Our clinic is equipped to perform such an evaluation on many different species of companion pets. Our DVMs are experienced in many ocular surgeries and procedures. Some procedures commonly performed are:
Entropion - a condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward, potentially causing irritation or trauma to the cornea.
Ectropion - a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outwards, usually a genetic condition common in several hound breeds, St. Bernard dogs and Cocker Spaniels, but can also be the result of trauma or nerve damage.
Cherry eye - the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, or third eyelid prolapse. It is common in the following breeds: Bulldog, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Pekingese, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Basset Hound, but can occur in any breed.
Enucleation - As a last resort, removal of the eye may be needed. Usually due to trauma, tumors, or if the patient has ocular pain associated with disease.