Glaucoma Treatment for Pets in Virginia & North Carolina
Veterinary Eye Specialists Assisting Clients & Patients for Over 20 Years
Glaucoma is a painful—but treatable—eye condition that can be found in cats, dogs, and other animals. Without proper treatment, glaucoma can lead to permanent eye damage, including complete blindness.
At Animal Eye Care, we offer a number of glaucoma treatments for pets in Virginia and North Carolina. Our board certified veterinary ophthalmologists have extensive experience in providing high-quality specialty eye care for all types of pets and animals, including dogs, cats, small pets, horses, exotic animals, and more. We can conduct a thorough diagnostic examination and help you find the right glaucoma treatment for your pet.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma occurs when pressure on the eye results in poor/insufficient drainage of fluid from the eye. This, in turn, can cause serious optic nerve damage, which can lead to loss of vision. Sadly, the rate of blindness for dogs with glaucoma is relatively high; however, proper glaucoma treatment can limit or reduce the risk of blindness in all types of pets.
Glaucoma is categorized as either primary or secondary glaucoma. Primary glaucoma occurs when there are no apparent underlying diseases/conditions to explain the sudden onset of glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma, on the other hand, is when glaucoma develops as a result of another eye condition, typically an infection of the eye.
Symptoms of Glaucoma in Cats, Dogs & Other Animals
Some of the most common symptoms of glaucoma in animals include:
- An eye that appears cloudy in nature
- An eyeball that is receding into the head
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive blinking/winking
- Eye redness
- Pupils that don’t react to light
- Signs of high eye pressure
- Visible debris in the eye
Because glaucoma is painful, your cat, dog, or other pet may also exhibit behavioral signs that something is wrong, such as pawing at the eye, changes in eating habits, and apparent unwillingness to interact and/or play.
Glaucoma Treatment Options for Animals
If you’ve noticed any signs of glaucoma in your pet, or if you’ve received a glaucoma diagnosis from a veterinarian, we encourage you to reach out to Animal Eye Care to discuss treatment options. In most cases, treatment involves medication to reduce pressure in the eye and relieve pain. Your pet may also need to have fluid drained from his/her eye and may require a medical procedure to reduce the amount of fluid that is produced. In some long-term glaucoma cases, the eye may need to be removed.
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