How much does dog eye surgery cost?

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Whether you are an owner that has a breed of dog that is prone to eye disease or you are just one of those owners whose dog is mischievous, eventually, you may end up in the waiting room at your local vet or at a referral practice for an ophthalmology consultation.

So, do you wonder how much this type of surgical procedure will cost you?

Cataract surgery cost in dogs

The clouding of the eye lens in dogs is not uncommon and it is similar in people. Sometimes it can cover a partial part of the eye and sometimes it can cover the whole eye which makes it hard for the dog to see and focus.

In dogs, cataracts can be caused by a number of things but the most common ones are diabetes, eye inflammation, old age, and sometimes low level of calcium.

The most common way to cure this is through surgery, with a procedure called phacoemulsification, where the old lens is melted, and a new artificial one is placed. 

Cataract surgery will probably cost you between $2700 and $4000.

Cherry eye surgery cost in dogs

Dogs and humans have one difference when it comes to the eye. They have a third eyelid, which is easily recognized especially if it protrudes outside, which may be due to inflammation of the tear gland placed underneath it.

This can be a pathology that is breed determined, which means that it is more commonly seen in Cane Corso, Boxers, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, or Boston Terriers. 

The surgery to repair this condition would probably cost you between $350 and $550 for an eye, and if both eyes are infected, it may come up to $800 for both eyes. 

Entropion surgery cost in dogs

Even though this condition is not life-threatening to dogs, it can still cause a lot of discomfort for your dog. Entropion affects the eyelids and causes them to turn inwards and could lead to constant pain and irritation of the eye, which consequently could lead to the development of ulcers. 

It is usually seen in many breeds that show signs of predisposition such as English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Akita, pug, Shih Tzu, Rottweilers,s and Siberian huskies.

However, this pathology can be seen in pretty much every breed, especially if they have a bit more loose skin on their body. 

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The treatment for correcting the entropion is called blepharoplasty. The surgeon usually takes out a part of the skin around the eye, in order for the eyelid to be turned back to its normal position.

Younger dogs may require more than one procedure, and this is a result of them growing up and the chances that are seen in their head at that time. 

Because this is not considered to be a complicated procedure, it could be done by a general practitioner and it may cost you between $300 to $500. However, if the surgery is performed at a referral hospital, then you could pay between $500 and $1500.

Have in mind that the results may vary, depending on who performs the surgery and the level of expertise they possess.

Ectropion cost in dogs

Lower eyelid or ectropion is a condition where the owner usually reports that he can see pink or white tissue under the eye. It is a common pathology in breeds like Newfoundland, Bernese mountain dogs, Mastiffs, and Saint Bernards.

The condition can also be a result of some other underlying cause such as paralysis of the facial nerve, chronic inflammation and infection of the eye, neuromuscular disease, or hypothyroidism. In some cases, this condition could be resolved with medication, but most of the time a surgical approach is needed, even more than once. 

The cost for this surgery may be between $500 and $2500. Have in mind that your dog will need some medication to take, which may increase the price. 

Eyelid tumor removal cost in dogs

As our dogs progress toward their senior years, the formation of tumors on the eyelid is not uncommon to be seen.

Usually, they are benign, but given the age, your dog may want to do a check-up after the tumor is removed.

It is always recommended that these formations be removed as soon as possible, as they can irritate the eye, which could lead to other problems.

In many cases, a procedure called V-plasty is used to remove the tumor and the place itself usually heals fast. 

Removing the tumor from the eyelid of your dog will probably cost you between $250 and $650.

You can read more about the cost of the most common surgeries on dogs here.