Corneal Ulcer Therapy for Pets in Virginia & North Carolina
Providing Personalized & Compassionate Ophthalmologic Care
A corneal ulcer is an abrasion or open sore that affects the cornea, or the front of the eye. In cats, dogs, and other pets, corneal ulcers often occur as a result of trauma, though they can also be caused by certain infections, dry eye, and other related issues.
At Animal Eye Care, we offer a number of corneal ulcer therapies for cats and dogs in Virginia and North Carolina. We conveniently located in Chesapeake, Newport News, and Virginia Beach, VA and in Wilmington, Durham, Cary, and Wake Forest, NC. Our board certified veterinary ophthalmologists are board-certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Eye Certification Registry, and our entire staff is committed to providing highly skilled and compassionate care tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Symptoms of Corneal Ulcers in Animals
Corneal ulcers are extremely painful for animals; however, it may not always be immediately obvious that your cat, dog, or other pet has a corneal ulcer.
Keep an eye out for the following signs that your cat or dog may have a corneal ulcer:
- Appearance of a film over the eye
- Excessive discharge
- Keeping the eye closed (partially or fully)/squinting
- Light sensitivity
- Rubbing or pawing at the eye
- Tearing or watery eyes
It’s also wise to consider whether or not your cat or dog may have suffered eye trauma. Was your dog playing with another dog at the dog park and then began exhibiting any of the above signs? Did your cat rub her eye on the furniture or carpet and now has excessive discharge and redness? Did an irritating substance, such as shampoo, get into your pet’s eye, leading to some of the above-mentioned signs?
Additionally, keep in mind that certain conditions can lead to corneal ulcers. These conditions include:
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Corneal weakening (epithelial dystrophy)
- Cushing’s disease
- Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
- Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca)
Lastly, certain cat and dog breeds may be more susceptible to developing corneal ulcers. Get in touch with our board certified veterinary ophthalmologists to learn more about corneal ulcer therapy for your pet in Virginia or North Carolina. Our professional and experienced team can evaluate your pet’s condition and recommend the right treatment.
Call (800) 608-9161 to make an appointment today!
“He was wonderful - kind, funny, and he took the time to explain what we needed to know about the condition.”- Kimberly F.
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