Dry Eye in Bulldog Who Had Cherry Eyes Removed

I was wondering if you have any remedies for a 5 yr old bulldog that has already
had eye surgery from previous owner but I do not know the DX, but his lids were cut.

He was fine for the first 6 months we had him and then this green/yellow goop
appeared on his eyes, almost like a cataract.  2 different vets said he had dry eye
and gave me optimmun 2X day

So many of your holistic remedies have worked great on him, wrinkles, tail etc
I was hoping you had some suggestions.  I clean his eyes 2X day with eye wash
and washcloth but probably about 4-5 X’s a day we have to wipe his eyes with
tissues to get goop out. I think it impares his vision as sometimes he runs into things.
Optimmun is just OK certainly not a remedy.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you

Ellen

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Hi Ellen,

Have you been to an ophthalmologist specialist who could tell you for
sure what’s going on?

It sounds like he had cherry eye and their solution was to remove the
glands, which also make the tears for his eyes.  (I’d like to verbally thrash
the people that think this is a good solution for cherry eye) This type of surgical
removal of tear glands can lead to dry eye, infection, and loss of vision.

If his glads are gone, the Optimmun will not help restore them and the best
thing you could do is to put sterile eye drops (like for humans – not visine, but
just natural drops) into the corner of his eyes up to every two hours if possible.
It’s a lot of work, but the only solution I know of except a surgical procedure
that re-routes some of his saliva to the eye.  This would be expensive.

Here’s an article on dry eye with photos and solutions from a vet surgery
center.  I do think in your case the glad was removed so the Optimmun drug therapy
you are using (also mentioned here) would not work since he doesn’t have the
tear duct glands.
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_kcs__dry_eye_.html

Again, an ophthalmologist could tell you if his tear duct glands have been removed.

I hope this helps.  Let me know how he’s doing.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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