In some cases, the eye is not savable (trauma, laceration, perforation, cancer) or the eye remains painful despite the medical or surgical treatment (glaucoma, uveitis). In these cases, the removal of the eyeball and the closure of the eyelids represent the best alternative for the animal. This surgical procedure is called enucleation. It is performed under general anesthesia. The animal will be under anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and pain medication for few days and the skin sutures will be removed about 12-14 days later.

Choosing to go for an enucleation for your animal can be a very difficult decision to make.

However, please keep in mind that is probably the best choice for the following reasons:

•  Your pet does not see from this painful eye anyway

•  The non-visual eye is a real source of pain

•  The non-visual eye can be a potential risk of dissemination of the infection (perforation of the globe)

•  The non-visual eye can be a potential risk of dissemination of the cancer (intra-ocular cancer)

•  Your animal will function very well with only one eye (better than us humans!!)

•  The eye will look like if he was blinking all the time, especially if he has long hair…it won’t be noticeable that much

It is important to remember that within a few weeks, your pet will be comfortable and will no longer

have any eye pain. He will play again like when he was a puppy\kitten.

Perforated eye dog, pain, enucleation, removal

Dog with a traumatic perforated left eye

Enucleation 8 weeks later, Perforated eye dog, pain, removal

The same dog 8 weeks later

Dog with a traumatic lunated globe, pain, enucleation, removal, proptosis, blind

Dog with a traumatic luxated globe

Dog, severe uveitis, eye, cat, pain, enucleation

Dog with a severe uveitis causing pain

24 hours after enucleation

24 hours after enucleation

Enucleation, dog, cat, comfortable

The same dog 4 months later

12 days after enucleation, Dog, eye, comfortable

12 days after enucleation

Dog, trauma, enucleation, pain, blind

Dog after a trauma

Dog, severe uveitis, enucleation, pain, glaucoma, blind, removal, eye, cat

Dog with a severe uveitis

15 days after enucleation, dog, comfortable,

Same dog 12 days later

Enucleation, surgery, dog, comfortable, 24h after surgery

24 hours after surgery

15 days after enucleation, dog, comfortable

Same dog 12 days later

12 days after enucleation, dog, surgery, comfortable

12 days after surgery causing pain

cat , blind, pain, mass, cancer, retro bulbar, removal, enucleation

A cat with a cancer in his left eye

cat , blind, pain, mass, cancer, retro bulbar, removal, enucleation

3 weeks later

enucleation dog, removal, pain, blind

A cat with a cancer in his left eye

cat enucleation, removal, blind, pain

A cat with a cancer in his left eye