Eye Discharge in Pets: 5 Common Causes

A healthy pet’s eyes produce a tear film that helps to lubricate, protect, and nourish the eyes, giving them a healthy, bright appearance. Tears have several layers, including watery, mucous, and oil portions that work together for optimal health, but an eye irritation, infection, or chronic disease can upset this balance and lead to excessive [...]

How Ear Infections Can Affect Your Pet’s Eyes

Occasionally, an astute pet owner will ask us if their pet’s ear problems could contribute to their eye issues. Most of the time the answer is “No,” except for a specific dry eye condition called neurogenic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (neurogenic KCS). KCS results when the nerves responsible for stimulating tear production are damaged, which can be [...]

Nystagmus in Dogs and Cats

In veterinary ophthalmology, we are often tasked with diagnosing pets who appear to have an eye problem, but when examined more closely, they actually have a neurologic, dermatologic, or oncologic problem that also affects the eyes. This is often the case with nystagmus, a rhythmic, jerking, back-and-forth, or circular eye movement usually caused by an [...]

Why is My Pet’s Eye Pushed Forward? Orbital Disease in Pets

If your pet’s facial or eye symmetry has changed, an orbital condition could be to blame. The orbit is the space in which your pet’s eye sits, and provides little extra space for more than than the eye. When lesions, inflammation, or infection invade this area, the eye is displaced and pushed progressively forward.  Too [...]

What’s That Lump by My Pet’s Eye?

If a mysterious lump has appeared near your pet’s eye, you no doubt are concerned. Could the lump be cancer? Is it serious? As pet owners ourselves, we understand your anxiety, and the Veterinary Vision Center team is ready to get to the bottom of your pet’s eye problem. Here are the top five reasons [...]

5 Reasons Your Pet’s Eyes Have Dark Spots

Pigment changes in your dog or cat’s eyes, which are common as they age, can be a normal variant or harmless change, but can also signal a serious underlying issue. The Veterinary Vision Center team uses advanced ophthalmic equipment and techniques to determine the source of your pet’s pigment change, and whether treatment is required. [...]

Why is My Pet’s Eye Red?

Redness in your pet’s eyes is a vague, non-specific sign that could signal a temporary, harmless irritation, or the start of a more serious disease process. A visit to your primary veterinarian can identify and treat minor red eye problems, but a visit to Veterinary Vision Center is warranted if the redness is not responsive [...]

6 Reasons Your Pet’s Eye Looks Blue

Unless your pet has natural baby blues, you shouldn’t see a blue, gray, or cloudy cast to their eyes. This color change can indicate normal aging, or may be a clue to an underlying eye disease. The color change can originate from inside the eye or appear on the eye’s surface. The Veterinary Vision Center [...]

Identifying Eye Pain in Pets

If you have ever had an eyelash in your eye, you understand how acutely painful an eye condition can be. Many pet eye conditions can cause similar acute surface pain, while others can lead to headache-like sensations. Some pets, particularly those with slow onset conditions, can adapt to or hide their pain, making eye problems [...]

What’s That Red Spot? Pannus in Dogs

Chronic superficial keratitis (i.e., pannus) most commonly affects German shepherds, greyhounds, Belgian malinois, and border collies, but can occur in any dog breed, or mixed breed, at any age. Pannus causes inflammation on the clear eye part (i.e., the cornea) and/or in the third eyelid that arises from the inner eye corner. Pets with severe [...]

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