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Companion Animal Practice
Eyelid surgery in dogs
  1. Peter Renwick

    Peter Renwick is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. He qualified from Cambridge in 1980 and, in 1992, gained his diploma in veterinary ophthalmology. He is a member of the BVA/KC/ISDS eye panel, the eye panel working party, and the RCVS ophthalmology board. His clinical interests include reconstructive eyelid surgery, ocular inflammatory disease, glaucoma and the surgical management of cataracts. He has been a partner in a referral practice in the West Midlands for the past 15 years.


EYELID surgery is commonly indicated in small animal practice, frequently as a result of conformational defects (which are often breed-related) or neoplasia. This article aims to assist the practitioner in the decision making process when presented with a patient with ocular surface disease related to the eyelids. Some of the available surgical options are reviewed and their advantages and disadvantages compared. The author's general approach to eyelid surgery is to use the simplest technique(s) consistent with achieving the objective of a comfortable patient with optimised ocular function.

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