At Patton Chapel Animal Clinic in Hoover, our veterinary ophthalmology services are another part of our wide range of quality care services that we offer your pet. Maybe you have concerns about your pet’s eyesight or you were referred to us by another vet. Our main goal is to assist in the best care for your pet and help you understand all of the different types of ophthalmology issues and what can be done to help treat the problem. Some of the most common veterinary ophthalmology concerns in the Hoover and Vestavia area are:
Dry eyes in dogs is also referred to as keratoconjunctivitis siccs (KCS). KCS is a type of disorder within the eye glands that can affect the production of tears. In many cases, the cause can be an autoimmune disorder, hypothyroidism or diabetes. At Patton Chapel, Dr. Whitworth can detect KCS by looking for signs and symptoms such as red, irritated, inflamed eyes. The conjunctiva and cornea may also appear dry and crusty. KCS is a serious condition that can lead to further complications if left undiagnosed or untreated. Eye infections, corneal ulceration, impaired vision, and blindness are the outcome of dry eyes if not treated properly. Treatment varies but often starts by targeting the underlying cause. Prescriptions can be used to help produce tears and to aid in lubrication.
Cataracts are a serious problem with most pets. In felines, they are rare but most often occur if the cat has had a serious eye injury or an infection. With many cats, cataracts can also occur as they age. A cataract is an opacity on the lens of the eye that blocks transmission of light into the retina. Cataract treatment in pets involves removing the lens with cataract and replacing it with a new, replacement lens.
At Patton Chapel Animal Clinic, Dr. Whitworth also treats many corneal problems in cats and dogs. Corneal ulceration occurs whenever there is a break or a scratch inside the cornea. Underlying causes can stem from disease, infection, or trauma to the eye. We use a combination of antibiotic drops and gentamicin sulfate solution to help treat most cases. If a case is are severe, surgery can be also an option.
Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged due to a buildup of fluid in the eye. Chronic glaucoma can threaten the eyesight of your pet. Some breeds of dogs such as cocker spaniels and beagles are more susceptible to glaucoma because of an inherited trait. Treatment varies and early preventative care is necessary to stop total and permanent loss of vision or loss of the eye.
It is important for you to report any type of changes in your pet’s eyes or vision during any routine visit. Dr. Whitworth and the Patton Chapel Animal Clinic staff are always ready to answer any type of questions you may have regarding your pet’s eyesight or their health in general.