Canine Can’t See? How to Know if Your Dog Has Glaucoma

By Species, Care & Wellness, Diagnosis, Dogs

Glaucoma, simply stated, is an increase in the pressure within the eye. This intra-ocular pressure is normally regulated by the usual production and drainage of fluid within the eye. Many secondary conditions, however, can affect the intra-ocular pressure.

There are two types of Glaucoma. Primary Glaucoma is an inheritable condition and can affect many different breeds. The pattern of inheritance, however, has not been well defined. Secondary Glaucoma occurs as a result of other ocular problems including uveitis (inflammation in the eye), luxation of the lens (dislocation of the lens), trauma, or intra-ocular tumors.

With acute Glaucoma, the most common clinical signs are redness, irritation or pain. Sometimes watery eyes or cloudiness to the cornea will also be present. Obviously these signs are not specific for glaucoma, however, even if there is a suspicion of this problem, further diagnostics are immediately warranted.

Measuring the intra-ocular pressure along with the findings from an ophthalmic examination will help determine a diagnosis of Glaucoma. Getting a diagnosis quickly is important since, as the disease progresses, the rise in intraocular pressure can lead to permanent blindness.

Treatment will typically consist of eyedrops which will decrease the pressure and help prevent the secondary problems associated with Glaucoma.

Testing the intra-ocular pressure is a simple procedure that can save your dog’s vision! Call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577 if your dog is experiencing any of the above symptoms.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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