Hi, this is Dr. Maggie - I am a licensed vet and I am going to try to answer your question today.
Cherry eyes (or proptosed nictitans glands of the 3rd eyelid) always look pretty alarming, however they don't cause the animal discomfort.
Treatment for a cherry eye is surgery, but with an 8 week old puppy in all likelihood you will want to wait until he is a little bigger to have surgery done.
Typically we don't use any topical products with a cherry eye as the animal can still produce tears and keep the eye lubricated normally.
I would recommend getting him in to see your veterinarian for a consultation and to set up a plan for getting the cherry eye fixed at a later date.
It will be able to be fixed without any permanent scarring.
You want to make sure you have the surgery done by a vet that will repair the cherry eye without removing the 3rd eyelid as that can lead to some long-term issues.
Absolutely not removed.
Removing the cherry eye can lead to chronic dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS as it is otherwise called).
This is a problem that requires life long treatment and you want to avoid that at all costs.
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