The eye is a delicate organ, and because pets are inherently active, injuries to eyes are common. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital’s professionals routinely diagnose and treat eye injuries as well as a variety of illness affecting pet eyes and sight.
What kinds of eye conditions do pets get?
Common pet eye diseases include corneal ulcers, dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, blindness, uveitis, and tumors of the globe (eyeball) and eyelids.
When should my pet’s eyes be examined by a veterinarian?
The veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital perform an eye exam as part of every wellness physical exam. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, you should contact our veterinarians for immediate care:
- Rubbing eyes
- Red eyes
- Cloudiness in the eyes
- Change in eye appearance
- Loss of vision
- Abnormal eye movement
- Different pupil sizes
What should I expect when my pet’s eyes need to be examined?
At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we use a variety of diagnostic testing procedures to detect pet eye conditions. When pets are given a routine eye exam, the veterinarian will use an ophthalmoscope, which is an instrument that has a light and a magnifying lens to look inside the pet’s eyes.
When there has been an injury or illness, further testing may need to be done. Some of our commonly used tests include:
- Fluorescein staining for corneal abrasions
- Tonometry—Measuring the pressure inside of the eye
- Cytology—Sampling and examining the cells of the eyes
- Conjunctival scraping—Sampling and examining the cells of the insides of the eyelids to identify the type of swelling present
- Schirmer tear test—Checking for the proper production of moisture or tears
- Bacterial culture and sensitivity
Our doctors have extensive experience in the management of eye diseases. The goals of proper eye care are to prevent pain and to maintain vision. Contact Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital whenever the health of your pet’s eyes is in question.