Protect the Eyes of Your Pet: Know the Symptoms of Eye Pain, Problems & Diseases
Gazing into the eyes of our pets, we see love, commitment, and a reflection of our true selves. Protect those eyes with proper care and intervention from the skilled professionals at Center City Animal Hospital.
Treating Eye Diseases & Injuries
Problems in and around the eye can interfere with vision and damage the overall health of your pets’ eyes. Our veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and conditions in dogs and cats.
Eye health in pets is often overlooked until there is an obvious problem. Our annual wellness care protocol includes an assessment of the health and function of your pets’ eyes. Any symptoms of a problem that surface between visits, or in the case of an injury to the eye or surrounding area, should prompt a call to our veterinarians for guidance and a possible exam.
Eye Pain Is Cause for Concern
Symptoms such as excessive tears, tenderness, discharge, or sensitivity to light are indicators of pain. Pain in or around the eyes may be evident if your pet is rubbing or pawing at the eyes or face. Sometimes the symptoms of an eye problem can be more subtle, such as lethargy or withdrawal.
Regular handling and grooming helps pet owners to know when a visible change occurs or when your companion’s behavior is cause for concern. Any time your pet exhibits symptoms of pain in or around the eyes, we strongly recommend you contact our hospital to schedule an examination.
Pain medications and treatments can be implemented immediately, to reduce suffering until the problem is resolve. Whether treatment includes infection control, medical management of disease, or surgical intervention, we are experienced in treating these delicate problems to preserve and protect our patients’ eyes and vision. In complex or unusual cases, we will consult with a veterinary specialist in ophthalmology.
Symptoms of Eye Problems
Aside from pawing or rubbing, some recognizable symptoms of an eye problem in pets include:
- Visible foreign objects
- Watery eyes
- Excessive blinking or squinting
- Puffiness around the eye
- Inflammation or redness
- Bulging or sunken eyes
- Discharge of any kind
There are many conditions that can cause the eye to appear irritated, such as infections, exposure to environmental irritants, and eyelash or eyelid problems. Sunken eyes are often the result of pain, dehydration, or severe weight loss. Glaucoma, abscesses, or tumors may cause a bulging or swelling of the eye or surrounding area. Any of these symptoms are indicative of the need for veterinary assistance.