Detecting Eye Disease

Detecting Eye Disease In Your Dog Before It Causes Blindness!

Dry eye is a common disease in dogs which is caused by a lack of tears.  It has been shown to affect 1 in 22 dogs and in certain breeds such as the Bulldog, West Highland WhiteTerrier, Pug, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Cocker Spaniel and Miniature Schnauzer.  It may be as high as 1 in 12.
 
In the very early stages of dry eye, the disease can go unnoticed.  As the disease progresses, a dog can suffer from repeat bouts of infection of the eyes (conjunctivitis).  If left untreated, the disease can progress to severe ulceration of the eye and in the most extreme cases, blindness or even loss of the affected eye.
 
The best form of treatment is early detection!  As the disease cannot be prevented, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment will prevent deterioration of your dog’s eyesight.  The sooner dry eye is treated the better the response and the result.
 
We can easily diagnose dry eye by using a blotting strip called a Schirmer Tear Test that measures the amount of tears being produced.  Once diagnosed, dry eye can easily be treated by using eye ointment or drops.