Entropion (inward rolling of the eyelid edges) This is a common eye problem that can occur early or later on in life and most commonly affects the lower eyelids.
What is Entropion?
Entropion can be found within any breed of dog but the problem often centers around a few, very specific breeds. It is very common to see entropion in breeds with wrinkled or over exaggerated facial folds… hmm sounds a lot like the bulldog. We all know that it is extremely annoying and irritating to have something in your eye, it causes you to rub and keep your eye shut until the irritant has gone away. Entropion will act as a similar irritant to your bulldog. In a basic generalization, the lower eyelid(s) rolls inward and causes the eyelashes or hair on the outside of the eyelid to rub against your bully’s cornea.
The first signs of entropion include squinting, excessive blinking, inflammation around the eye and excessive tearing. A simple, home analyzation of your bulldog’s eye should provide enough evidence if Entropion is irritating your bulldog. If you notice that your bulldog’s eyelid has turned in and is touching the eyeball there is a good chance Entropion is the problem. Once detected, we recommend that you make an appointment with your veterinarian for further examination.
How is Entropion fixed?
Eye ointment is sometimes prescribed to help lessen the irritation or damage that has been caused by the Entropion. This is certainly a temporary solution and should not be relied on for a permanent solution. If you bulldog truly does have Entropion, your vet will perform a simple procedure to remove an elliptical piece of tissue directly under the eye. Once complete, your bulldog will be sent home with eye drops and the ever glorious cone of shame!
One of the most important things you will want to remember is that you want your bulldog to be mature in age and growth to prevent over or under correction of the Entropion. If the surgery is performed prior to full maturity improper correction can be done which will result in multiple surgeries. However, if left untreated severe Entropion can lead to permanent scarring of the cornea and eventually loss of vision. The key is to find a veterinarian that is well versed in bulldog Entroprion correction who can accurately diagnose and fix the problem.
While Entropion is not a pleasant experience for your bulldog, the good news is that correction is generally simple and 90-95 percent effective the first correction.