Prolapse of the eye in dogs occurs when the eye slips out of place, and/or when the eye bulges. This condition is often caused by trauma to the eye and is common in canines. The prognosis of dogs who have this condition depends on how severe the injury is, how deep the eye socket is, if other damage is present near the eye, the breed of the dog, how long the eye has been displaced and the general condition of the eye, and other factors. The eye should be surgically put back in its proper place as soon as possible. This, of course, is only if the dog is healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia. Antibiotics – usually by way of topical ointments, tablets by mouth, or injection – are helpful to prevent infection. Other medications are sometimes necessary, as well.
The eyeball can usually be saved when this condition occurs. However, it is not always possible to recover full eyesight for the afflicted dog. In about 50 percent of cases, dogs are able to receive their sight back. If an accident occurs that causes this condition it is important for the dog to be taken to the veterinarian immediately. Following surgery it is crucial that caretakers follow their dog’s veterinarian’s instructions carefully.