Chronic Proptosis – What Happens Without Veterinary Care

What often happens when a dog sustains head trauma is that an eye may pop out. This is known as a proptosis.

A proptosis is a veterinary emergency as promptly replacing the eye into the socket is critical to improving chances of saving the eye with vision intact.

What happens, however, when the eye does not get replaced promptly?

Chronic Proptosis - What Happens Without Veterinary Care

Chronic Proptosis - What Happens Without Veterinary Care

Essentially, the moist surface of the eye now becomes a sticky surface for hair and other debris to collect. Since the eyelids can no longer wipe the surface of the eye to clean it off or protect it, the debris becomes adhered to the surface of the eye.

What’s worse is that in some cases, such as this one, flies lay eggs on the moist surface of the eye and as the fly eggs hatch, maggots start to eat away at the living tissue around the eye. This is known as myiasis.

This dog’s eye was chronically proptosed and unable to be saved, so the veterinary team cleaned it off, removed the maggots and ultimately removed the eye.

Chronic Proptosis - What Happens Without Veterinary Care

The dog recovered quickly from the enucleation surgery and went on to find a forever home.

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