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Eyes & Eyelid in Bulldogs

Eyes and Eyelid Problems in Bulldogs

Eye problems are one of the most common reasons bulldog owners come to see me. Most eye problems present with redness, discharge, squinting, and rubbing due to pain. More than half these cases involve corneal injury. The cornea is the transparent shield that lies over the eye and the pain associated with an irritation to this area is comparable to the nagging pain/discomfort caused when an “eyelash” enters the eye or the cornea is scratched. I generally consider all potential corneal injuries and eye problems an emergency and treat them accordingly, as even a mild, superficial epithelial scratch can quickly turn into an expensive, deep, perforating, melting one when left unattended and can even lead to possible eye-sight loss.

In this  Eye and Eyelid “ chapter I am going to cover in detail some of the most common bully eye  conditions. Each topic  (i.le. Entropion, Cherry Eye, KCS,  etc.) is going to be divided into four sections:8fifiholloween2011-001

1.  V4B Bully introductory: details of the specific condition and its origin.

2.V4B Bulldog Maintenance: A “take home” bully maintenance program.

3. V4B Bully Rule of Thumb: A “must know” take home pearl of wisdom.

4. V4B Bully Tips & Warnings: A list of essential “DO’s and DON’T’s”

Entropion in Bulldogs

An inward rolling of the eyelid edges, known as entropion, is common to the Bully. The severity of the entropion is in direct correlation to the amount of skin and wrinkles covering the bully’s head/face region, as well as the weight of the folds. The inward eyelid folds and related eyelashes will often rub the cornea, which creates a painful wound (ulcer)…Read More

Cherry Eye in Bulldogs:

Your Bully has three eyelids; the typical top and bottom, and a third, passive one that is designed to physically protect the cornea by acting like a windshield wiper. The “Cherry” is seen when the nicotinic gland prolapses, revealing a rosy, oval shape protrusion…Read More

Keratoconjuctivitis Sicca (KCS) in Bulldogs:

A condition of decreased tear production, more commonly known as “dry eye”, is caused in large part by an immune mediated condition. Inadequate tears will lead to painful ulcers, corneal inflammation, scarring, and eventually result in impaired vision….Read More

Distichiasis & Distichiae in Bulldogs:

This condition is caused when an eyelash arises from an abnormal location or growth on the eyelid. It usually emerges along the margin of the eyelid from a gland named meibomian, which has openings that are located along the inner margin of the eyelids…Read More

 Ectopic Cilia in Bulldogs:

This condition arises when one to several hairs grow abnormally, usually in the upper eyelid, and come into contact with the cornea. They’re not the same as Distchiasis, but the resulting injury to the cornea and the associated pain are similar…Read More


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