Advanced Eye Therapies for Pets in Virginia & North Carolina
Treatments for Animal Dry Eye, Allergic Conjunctivitis & More
At Animal Eye Care, we offer a variety of advanced therapies and medical treatments for several animal eye conditions. Our board certified veterinary ophthalmologists are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in handling a range of complex ophthalmologic issues, ranging from keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) to allergic conjunctivitis to immune keratitis and more.
With multiple offices located in Chesapeake, Newport News, and Virginia Beach, VA and Durham, Cary, Wake Forest, and Wilmington, NC, we are proud to provide clients and patients throughout the region with high-quality animal ophthalmologic care at affordable prices.
Treatments for Your Pet’s Dry Eye
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye, occurs when a cat, dog, or another animal doesn’t produce enough tears, resulting in dry, uncomfortable eyes. This can lead to a whole host of problems, including itchiness, discharge, ulcers (in severe cases), and overall poor eye health.
What causes animal dry eye? Some common causes include:
- Breed predisposition (Cocker Spaniels, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bulldogs, etc.)
- Eye infections
- Lack of tear glands
- Nerve-related issues affecting tear glands
- Side effects from certain medications
Without treatment, your pet will likely experience inflammation and discomfort. Additionally, the dryness of the eyes can cause blood vessels to grow and buildup on the corneas, which can ultimately lead to ulcers and blindness and, in very severe cases, necessitate eye removal.
At Animal Eye Care, we offer medical treatments for animal dry eye in Virginia and North Carolina. If you believe your pet is suffering from keratoconjunctivitis sicca, get in touch with our team today to learn how we can help.
Allergic Conjunctivitis in Dogs, Cats & Other Animals
Just like humans, our pets are susceptible to allergic conjunctivitis, or the inflammation of the eyes in response to an allergic reaction to dust, dander, and other irritants. However, unlike humans, allergic conjunctivitis is not always as easily treatable as administering an over-the-counter medication.
In dogs, cats, and other animals, allergic conjunctivitis may have many underlying causes. In fact, what appears to be the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis may actually point to another condition. If your pet is showing signs of allergic conjunctivitis—including redness of the eye, swelling, and inflammation—it’s important that you speak to a qualified veterinary ophthalmologist who can help determine the cause and recommend proper treatment.
Reach out to Animal Eye Care today to learn more about our comprehensive animal allergic conjunctivitis treatments in Virginia and North Carolina.
Immune Keratitis in Horses
Immune keratitis, also known as immune-mediated keratitis, is a relatively common condition found in horses. Though immune keratitis is fairly common and non-infectious in nature, it is nevertheless a potentially very serious condition. Left untreated, immune keratitis can lead to blindness.
Symptoms of immune keratitis include:
- Conjunctiva swelling
- Eyelid inflammation
- Redness caused by blood vessel congestion
If you notice any of these signs in your horse, contact Animal Eye Care right away to speak to a Virginia or North Carolina horse eye doctor at our practice. We provide comprehensive treatment for immune keratitis, including both minor and severe cases.
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