Pet Ophthalmology in Orlando
At Your Family Veterinarian in east Orlando/Bithlo, our pet ophthalmology services are another part of our wide range of veterinary services that we offer your pet.
Maybe you are concerned about your pet’s eyesight or what is happening to their vision during the aging process. Some of the most common pet ophthalmology concerns in the Orlando and Bithlo areas are:
Dry Eyes in Pets
Dry eyes in dogs is also referred to as keratoconjunctivitis siccs (KCS). KCS is a type of disorder within the eye glands that can affect the production of tears. In many cases, the cause can be an autoimmune disorder, hypothyroidism or diabetes. Your Family Veterinarian can detect KCS by looking for signs and symptoms such as red, irritated, inflamed eyes. The conjunctiva and cornea may also appear dry and crusty. KCS is a serious condition that can lead to further complications if left undiagnosed or untreated. Eye infections, corneal ulceration, impaired vision, and blindness are the outcome of dry eyes if not treated properly. Treatment varies but often starts by targeting the underlying cause. Prescriptions can be used to help produce tears and to aid in lubrication.
Cataracts in Pets
Cataracts are a serious problem in pets. In felines, they are rare but most often occur if the cat has had a serious eye injury or an infection. With many cats, cataracts can also occur as they age. A cataract is an opacity on the lens of the eye that blocks transmission of light into the retina. Cataract treatment in pets involves removing the lens with cataract and replacing it with a new, replacement lens.
Pet Corneal Problems
Your Family Veterinarian also treats pet corneal problems. Corneal ulceration occurs whenever there is a break or a scratch inside the cornea. Underlying causes can stem from disease, infection, or trauma to the eye. We use a combination of antibiotic drops and gentamicin sulfate solution to help treat most cases. If a case is severe, surgery can be also an option.
Glaucoma in Pets
Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged due to a buildup of fluid in the eye. Chronic glaucoma can threaten the eyesight of your pet. Some breeds of dogs such as cocker spaniels and beagles are more susceptible to glaucoma because of an inherited trait. Treatment varies and early preventative care is necessary to stop total and permanent loss of vision or loss of the eye.
It is important for you to report any type of changes in your pet’s eyes or vision during your pet’s annual wellness exam. Your Family Veterinarian in east Orlando/Bithlo is here to answer any type of questions you may have regarding your pet’s eyesight or their health in general.