Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.
Eye health in dogs and cats is often overlooked until there is an obvious problem, typically because pet owners are uncertain as to what would constitute a true veterinary crisis. At Valley Veterinary Hospital, we work closely with dog and cat owners to identify the source of eye symptoms and to develop a treatment plan that meets the needs of the pet and owner.
Obvious symptoms of an eye problem in your dog or cat include watery or mucoid discharge; decreased vision or blindness; and excessive blinking, squinting, redness, puffiness, and pawing at the eyes or face. Any pet that demonstrates eye pain symptoms such as tenderness, discharge, excessive tears, or sensitivity to light should be brought to your veterinarian at once.
Glaucoma, tumors, and abscesses behind the eye may cause a bulging appearance, while dehydration, certain nerve conditions, weight loss, and even tetanus may cause the eye to seem sunken. There are many conditions that may cause the eye to simply appear irritated, such as dry eye (KCS), infections or eyelash or eyelid problems, or a foreign object or small tumor in the eye. And a discharge of any kind is cause for concern.
Our veterinary team is skilled at diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions of the eye in both dogs and cats. Common eye problems that are addressed and treated surgically at Valley Veterinary Hospital include:
Repair of entropion (rolling in of the eyelids)
Repair of prolapsed glands of the membrane nictitans (cherry eye)
Removal of eyelid tumors
Repair of an incomplete tear duct (your pet seems to be crying all the time)
Below is a list of diseases and conditions of the eye that require treatment:
- Lid Laceration
- Distichia/Ectopic Cilia
- Cherry Eye
- Lid Masses
- Entropion/Ectropion Correction
- Keratoconjunctivits Sicca (Dry Eye)
- Pannus (Chronic Superficial Keratitis)
- Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy
- Foreign Body
- Corneal Perforations
- Lens Lacerations
- Lens Luxation
- Cataract Evaluation and Surgery
- Infections and Inflammation
- Retinal Dysplasia
- Retinal Hemorrhage
- Retinal Detachments
- Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Medical and Surgical Management
- Acute Glaucoma Treatment
- Eosinophilic Keratitis
- Herpetic Keratoconjunctivitis
- Other Services
- Blindness Evaluation
- Intraocular Tumors
- Iris Melanoma
- CERF Exam-Breed Certification Eye Exam
- Uveitis (Inflammation)
- Retrobulbar Masses
Should your pet's eye problem require specialized care, we have a great working relationship with a veterinary ophthalmologist in an office not far from us.
A critical eye problem that is left untreated can lead to serious damage to your pet's eyes and health. Your pet is unable to tell you what is wrong, but any of the symptoms listed previously is an indication that veterinary assistance is required. Never delay when it means risking your pet's eyesight.
Download this helpful guide, Symptoms of Eye Problems in Dogs from the Pet Health Center at WebMD.
Learn about cataracts in pets from the experts at the AAHA website.