Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary, or chronic glaucoma, is hereditary and develops as your pet ages. Secondary, or acute glaucoma, develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation requiring immediate attention.
Symptoms Of Glaucoma In Pets
Symptoms of glaucoma include:
- Redness in the eye
- Tearing or discharge
- Eye sensitivity to light
- Cloudy-looking eye
- Bulging eyeball
The Importance of Glaucoma Screening
The experienced veterinarians at Camelot Court Animal Clinic recommend that your pet receives a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care at the veterinarian’s discretion, based on symptoms or risk factors relative to the breed. The exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, it can also help set a baseline measurement of your pet’s normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.
This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.
Pet Glaucoma Prevention In Leawood, KS
For more information about pet glaucoma care and prevention, contact us today!