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Cherry Eye surgery cost and Cherry Eye financing

Updated January 25, 2021

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Humans have two eyelids. Dogs and cats have three. The third eyelid has a gland associated with it and when it comes out of position, it protrudes and has the appearance of a pink or red mass. This is called a prolapsed gland or “cherry eye.1” The gland is important to the eye health and tear production of the animal because it produces 33 – 66% of the tears1. Cherry eye is usually found in certain dog breeds that are more prone to this condition including beagles, cocker spaniels, bulldogs or Boston terriers and usually diagnosed at a young age. The only treatment is surgical replacement of the gland1. This surgery is often performed by a veterinarian who specializes in ophthalmology. Below we dive into Cherry Eye surgery cost, if insurance covers the procedure and how veterinary financing can help.

How much is Cherry Eye surgery?

The cost of Cherry Eye surgery depends upon the extent of the condition, the health of the pet and if the prolapse is in one or both eyes. In general pet owners can expect the average cost of Cherry Eye surgery to average $300 to $500 for one eye and up to $800 for both2.

Does pet insurance cover Cherry Eye surgery?

Some pet insurance companies, may cover the cost of Cherry Eye surgery depending upon several factors including if there was a pre-existing condition. If your pet insurance doesn’t cover the cost or you do not have pet insurance, you can expect to pay the full amount which, again, averages from $300 up to $8002.

How can I finance and pay for Cherry Eye surgery?

Most veterinarians expect payment at the time surgery is to be performed. Few veterinarians extend credit to clients through their practice where clients would receive bills from their veterinarian and pay them directly on a monthly basis. But almost all accept general purpose credit cards and many accept the CareCredit credit card, which may be a convenient way to pay for the procedure.

Can I use my CareCredit credit card to pay for Cherry Eye surgery?

Yes. If approved, you can use your CareCredit credit card at locations within the CareCredit network to finance Cherry Eye surgery for your pet and to pay for wellness, injury, illness and other critical care needs. The benefit of using a CareCredit credit card for vet bills is the opportunity to use promotional financing* and pay with convenient monthly payments. With CareCredit, you can get your pet needed care immediately. You can also use your CareCredit card again and again to pay for a Lifetime of Care™. To find a veterinarian near you that accepts the CareCredit credit card go to Acceptance Locator or Mobile App.

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1Mosunic, MS, DVM, DACVO, Cory B. Cherry Eye. American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists., accessed on September 14, 2020.  
2The Cost of Cherry Eye Surgery. VetInfo., accessed on September 14, 2020.

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