Signs of glaucoma include enlarged eye(s), cloudy red eye(s), pain, increased tearing, loss of interest in eating, and lethargy. (Humans report that glaucoma feels like a horrible migraine). It is important to recognize these symptoms because prolonged glaucoma or a sudden onset of very high pressure can cause damage to the vision centers in the eye, leading to complete vision loss. Luckily, there are treatments that we can do to try to prevent blindness and keep your pet out of pain.
For more information you can visit the website for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, www.acvo.org ; click the link under Veterinarians and Public and then Veterinary Resources to find links to common eye problems.
This dog suffers from glaucoma, or increased pressure within both eyes. Glaucoma can cause pain, redness, clouding of the cornea (clear portion of the front of the eye) and vision loss. You may also see squinting, aversion to bright light, or tears dripping from eyes and wetness around eyes. This is an emergency! Quick treatment is needed to try to save vision as glaucoma can quickly cause permanent blindness.
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