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Photo of Dog Eye Problem

by John
(Simi Valley, CA)

Photo of Dog Eye Problem

Photo of Dog Eye Problem

Our dog's eye started to have the problem you see in the photo about 1.5 weeks ago. It doesn't seem to bother her, but I don't believe she can see out of the eye. Her other eye is fine.

She is eating and pooping just fine. My first thought is that at her age she probably has a cataract.

She is a 13.6 year old border collie and is not very active.

Thank You,


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Nov 26, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Photo of Dog Eye Problem
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi John,
The photo you submitted of your 13.6 year old female Border Collie shows that she has a severe conjunctivitis/keratitis in her left eye.

There is too much edema and swelling of her cornea to even see if she has a cataract. It must have gradually worsened over the past 1.5 weeks, since you have not noticed that she is exhibiting much pain.

There are many causes for conjunctivitis, but when it progresses to inflammation of the cornea, then I am also concerned that the iris may be involved, which is a deeper structure. From the photo she may even have a small amount of hemorrhage in her anterior chamber.

I would advise making an appointment with a veterinary ophthalmologist. You can seek out a holistic veterinarian, which will help with her whole body health, but at this time I would advise having her eye checked ASAP.

An ophthalmologist can ALSO do more sophisticated testing for glaucoma, and use an indirect ophthalmoscope to examine the retina. At this time she may certainly have decreased vision in that eye, but she may have a condition that can be corrected, and restore her sight to that eye.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Mar 05, 2012
What was outcome?
by: Anonymous

My dog's eye looks similar--just wondering what vet/opthomalogist determined and did treatment correct it?

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