Tuppence the 14yr old Fox Terrier came for her senior health check recently. Although she did not appear to be in any discomfort, a deep ulcer was found in the cornea of her left eye. The cornea is composed of many fine layers like an onion skin. Tuppence’s ulcer had eroded through all but the last layer and was threatening to rupture the eye.
To treat the eye we used a technique called a conjunctival pedicle flap. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and involves bringing a flap of conjunctiva across the eye to seal the ulcer.The conjunctiva is the fine membrane which joins the eye to the eyelids.