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Only left eye is droopy and red. third eyelid is swollen(?)

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only left eye is droopy and red. third eyelid is swollen(?) maybe but no abnormal discharge from his eyes. He is 10 years old
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: dusty
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: He has hip problems. but as far as this goes it showed up a few days ago and then seemed to get better for a day and now its as bad as before.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
here is a picture as well. He is a Labrador retriever.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Dusty, please?

The lower lid appears mildly droopy as would occur with ectropion which defines eversion of part or the entire eyelid margin away from the eye; this may be developmental or acquired but it would be acquired in his case as it just showed up rather than being present at birth. Acquired ectropion is associated with eyelid trauma, blepharitis (eyelid inflammation/infection or immune-mediated), old age and associated loss of orbicularis oculi muscle tone, or facial nerve paralysis. His third eyelid is prolapsed across the globe of the eye in an attempt to protect the exposed cornea. A complete ophthalmic exam including Schirmer tear testing, fluoroscein dye staining of the cornea, assessment of intraocular pressure, and careful examination of conformation of eyelid margins, conjunctiva, and cornea are important for Dusty's vet to perform.

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