- Is your pet squinting?
- Are your pet's eyes Red? Cloudy?
- Is there mucus, pus, or excess tearing present?
- Is your pet showing pain? Rubbing at the eye, squinting, or sensitive to touch?
- Is the problem in one eye? Both eyes?
- Is your pet's vision affected? In dim light, bright light or both?
- Did the problem occur gradually or suddenly? Is it getting worse, staying about the same or somewhat better than when first noted?
- Has the problem been treated with any medication? Which ones? Did treatment help?
If your pet is experiencing any of the signs above, your pet may be experiencing one of these common animal eye disorders. We encourage you to contact us about your pet's eye condition.
The size and shape of an eyeball is determined, partly, by the clear fluid produced within the eye. This fluid flows from the eye into the blood stream through a filtering drainage system. When this drainage is impaired, pressure in the eye increases. Increased pressure is glaucoma. Pain (squinting), cloudiness of the eye, loss of vision and stretching of the eye (enlargement) occur. Read more about glaucoma in animals...
A cataract is a change in the clear lens inside the eye. The lens becomes crystallized and opaque. As the opaque areas (cataract) become larger, more and more of the image becomes distorted until vision is significantly decreased. Read more about cataracts in animals...
Dry Eye (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, KCS)
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) is a long term for "dry eye". When there is inadequate tear production or abnormal spreading of the tears the functions of tears are lost. Read more about dry eye in animals...
An ulcer of the cornea is present if there is a portion of the cornea missing. This is usually caused by an injury but many complications can occur which affect the healing of an ulcer. Associated problems inside the eye may also need to be treated. Read more about corneal ulcers in animals...
Several types of injuries can affect the eye or vision. Evaluation of the external, as well as the internal parts of the eyes is necessary to provide the best treatment and to assess the likelihood of permanent damage. Read more about eye injuries in animals...