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White Spot on Dog's Eye Lens

by Kaily
(San Francisco, CA, United States)

I recently notice this white spot two weeks ago on my dog's right eye... can you take a look at the photos and let me know what it is? I don't see any bleeding or damage to this eye, but she sometimes rubs her face against the blanket. She is a five years old mixed chihuahua.

Also, before this happened, my other dog may have scratched her on that eye, but I'm not sure.

What is this spot, and what are the possible treatments? If surgery would be involved, what is the approximate cost in San Francisco, CA?


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Jul 12, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: White Spot on Dog's Eye Lens
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

July 12, 2014

Hi Kaily,
The photos you submitted do not show the white spot very clearly. Perhaps if you stood directly in front of her, with her facing you at the same level, and zoomed in on her right eye, and took more pictures, it would show up better.

In these pictures, there is a light reflection on her cornea, but from what I can see this white spot could either be in her lens, (which is behind the pupil of the eye) or it could be on her cornea. I just cannot tell from these photos. If she had a scratch on her cornea, that would result in a scar. But an injury to her cornea, would cause her to squint, and in some cases there is associated inflammation of the conjunctiva.

White spots on the lens of the eye, can be associated with aging, sclerosis of the lens or the beginning of a cataract.

From the partial photo of her face, and right front leg, she appears to have had some serious skin problems with extensive scarring. Was her eye also involved?

You asked,
"What is this spot, and what are the possible treatments? If surgery would be involved, what is the approximate cost in San Francisco, CA?"

I apologize, but I cannot see the spot clearly enough to even tell you what it is. You will need to submit more pictures.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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