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This is cherry eye
I am as certain as a non-vet can be from a photo that this is cherry eye. Paco had it, so I know there are threads on the Forum on the subject, as well as a photo of Paco with it that I posted. Sadly, it almost always results in the need for surgery...even if the prolapsed gland (which is what cherry eye is) is temporarily squeezed back into place.
The good news is that the dog doesn't feel the swelling and it can be resolved through a surgical procedure as minor for a dog as cataract surgery is for humans. The worst thing about it for Paco (and therefore us) was that he had to wear a cone for two weeks. He was miserable with that, although the vet assured us that the surgery heals without pain or discomfort for the dog.
I do recommend that the procedure be performed by an ophthalmic veterinarian, since they tend to have a much better success rate - 90%+ - compared to a general vet. If the stitch that holds the gland back in place for the life of the dog (the stitch does not dissolve nor is it removed) is not put in properly, the gland will prolapse again within weeks of the surgery. We went to a certified animal ophthalmologist, and Paco has been fine since his surgery in February. The fee for the procedure in our area is between $800 and $1000 - not cheap.
Harvey, Paco and Luke