Both dogs and cats may be subject
to eye problems at any time during their lives. These
problems may range from simple irritation due to allergies,
to permanent blindness, secondary to a wide variety
of diseases. Many causes of long-term blindness in dogs
and cats can be prevented. Early detection and recognition
are the keys to prevention.
At Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, we have
the proper equipment to provide for early detection
of most eye ailments. Initial ophthalmoscopic evaluation
during a patient's exam is the starting point. More
specialized tests are available to obtain a diagnosis.
- tear production tests
- specialized stains to detect corneal abnormalities
- tonometry to measure fluid pressures within
the eyes, i.e.: glaucoma
- blood pressure monitors to check for high
blood pressure that can lead to
permanent blindness in cats and sometimes in
- more specialized tests, if required, are available
through referral to a local
board certified ophthalmologist.
Patients with a history of
certain diseases are at a higher risk of developing
secondary diseases of the eyes. Examples include glaucoma
and cataracts, diabetes in dogs, and retinal diseases
in cats with hypertension from heart or kidney diseases.
Problems with lack of tear production may be associated
with certain immune mediated diseases.
If you have any questions or are
concerned about the well being of your pet's eyes, please
contact us, during our business hours, at 972-446-0667
to answer questions or to set up an appointment.