Cataracts are cloudy areas in part or all of the eye lens. Cataracts keep light from passing through the lens, thus
causing loss of eyesight. Cataracts form slowly and cause no pain, redness, or tearing in the eye. If a cataract becomes
large or thick, it can usually be removed by surgery. Diabetes can lead to cataracts in dogs.
Conjunctivitis occurs when the tissue that lines the eyelids and covers the cornea becomes inflamed. It can cause
itching, burning, tearing, or a feeling of something in the eye. Conjunctivitis can be caused by infection or allergies.
Corneal Ulcers are caused by trauma. The surface of the cornea may be infected by a scratch or a puncture. An ulcer
may then result. Ulcers can be very serious. They are painful and need immediate attention. A few viruses such as
herpes in cats can also cause ulcers.
Glaucoma is too much fluid inside the eye. The cause of glaucoma is unknown. If detected early, glaucoma often can
be controlled and blindness prevented. Most animals with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain from increased
pressure. Therefore, glaucoma testing (tonometry) is very important. We can perform this test easily and quickly during
Nuclear Sclerosis is a normal age change in the lens that to the owner may appear to be cataracts. In fact, it does not
cause any vision loss and it not a problem for the patient.
Eyelid Problems may present as pain, itching, tearing, and/or sensitivity to light. Other problems may include drooping
eyelids (ptosis or ectropion), curving in of the eyelids (entropion), blinking spasms (blepharospasm), or inflamed outer
edges of the eyelids near the eyelashes (blepharitis). Eyelid problems can often be treated with medication, although
some may need surgery.
Cornea: Clear part of the eye you see through
Pupil: hole in the iris that controls light entry
into the eye
Iris: Colored part of the eye that controls the
size of the pupil
Conjunctiva: The soft tissue that attaches the
eye to the skin around it.
Lens: Focuses the light onto the retina to
create the picture you see.
Sclera: The white part around the eye to
Retina: The inside of the back of the eye
that receives the image and sends it to
the optic nerve to create the picture.
Optic Nerve: Transfers the image to the brain
Veterinarians and other animal health professionals work very hard to educate you, the owner. Some people are simply
unaware of many aspects of animal care. Below, you will find several links to other web sites to help you in your
endeavor to learn more about caring for you furry friends.
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