Eye Disease in Dogs: Golden Retriever Uveitis

Pigmentary Uveitis

Golden Retriever Uveitis, also called Pigmentary Uveitis, is an eye disease that affects only Golden Retrievers.  It is a heritable disease which usually affects both eyes and can lead to blindness. Anyone who owns a Golden Retriever needs to understand this terrible eye … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Anterior Uveitis in Dogs

Diagram of Dog Eye

Anterior uveitis is a common eye disease in dogs.  It is caused by inflammation of the uveal tract, which contains the iris or colored part of the eye as well as the ciliary body. The ciliary body sits behind the iris and secretes fluid into the front part or anterior … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Glaucoma

Dog eye with glaucoma

Glaucoma is a painful eye disease in dogs where there is an increase in the pressure within the eye. This increase in intraocular pressure results in compression of the nerves and blood vessels that supply the visual layer of the eyeball, called the retina. If left … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Common Eyelid Diseases

Distichiasis in a Dog. Courtesy of Dr. Cecil Moore

There are several diseases that can affect a dog's eyelid. This article will summarize three of them, ectropion, entropion, and distichiasis. Eye Disease in Dogs: Ectropion Ectropion is defined by having an eyelid, usually the lower eyelid, which is too long and … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Cataracts

Chihuahua with Doggles

The lens is the part of the eye that focuses light rays onto the back part of the eye called the retina. It sits just behind the iris and can be seen through the pupil. The lens is composed of fibers that come together in a “Y” shape in the center of the lens and these … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

Tears are necessary for the health of the eye. They provide moisture, wash away irritants, and help nourish the cornea. Tears are produced by two glands within the eye socket; the lacrimal gland which is located above the eye produces a majority of the tears while the gland … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Cherry Eye

Prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid in dogs is often called “Cherry Eye”. The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane, is a flap of tissue which is located behind the lower eyelid in the inner corner of the eye socket. The nictitating membrane slides up and over … [Read more...]