Eye Problems: Cataracts, Corneal Ulcers, and Cherry Eye

by Colleen Fernandez

in Health Problems

Boston Terrier’s have the cutest eyes! In fact, that’s probably one of my favorite things about Lucy (my Boston). She looks at me with those big brown eyes, and gets her way just about every single time.

Unfortunately, those cute little eyes are susceptible to an array of eye problems. Their eye problems can include: cataracts, corneal ulcers, environmental irritation, and Cherry Eye.


Usually, cataracts are an inherited trait, so unfortunately there’s not much you can do to avoid it. You can be aware of what to look for though.

Juvenile cataracts start to appear between the ages of one to four and late-onset cataracts occur over time as the dog ages.

Cataracts can lead to blindness; however this is not always the case. You should watch for bluish, grey, or white flecks in the eye. If you detect the problem early enough, surgery may be an option.

Corneal Ulcers

Corneal ulcers develop as a result of an eye irritation (from particles in the environment), an internal eye health issue that causes infection, or an eye injury may also be the culprit.

The best prevention is protection!

Avoid having your Boston in close contact with anything that could potentially scratch her eyes, such as: sharp plant spikes, cat’s claws, strong household cleaners.

Harsh elements such as sun and wind are also potential eye health threats. If you’re going to be in sunny, windy, or dusty conditions for a long period of time you may ant to consider getting a pair of goggles for your Boston (not crazy, I swear these exist)!

Cherry Eye

Cherry Eye can look similar to a tumor in the eye. It’s usually a bright red mass protruding out of the eye. (Ouch! I know!)

Cherry Eye is caused by a gland popping out of its normal position. Boston Terriers have a third eyelid where this gland is located. So when the gland pops out, it swells up outside the eye, causing the unsightly cherry eye.

Cherry Eye needs to be corrected surgically; however, it is a fairly common procedure so most veterinarians are familiar with it.

Remember, if your dog exhibits any sign of discomfort or eye irritation, consult your veterinarian immediately. You should never try to self-diagnose your pet!



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