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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Cataracts in Dogs: Stages, Causes, Treatments, And More

A dog has a clear lens in its eyes to help him focus, similar to a camera. But much like humans, cataracts in dogs is serious and painful. A cataract usually isn’t painful, but it can impair vision and can eventually cause complete vision loss.

What is Cataracts in Dogs?
Cataracts in dogs are a disease that clouds the lens of the eye. Smaller cataracts in dogs typically do not impact vision as larger cataracts; however, all cataracts in dogs must be closely monitored to prevent blindness.

Cataract formation is typically caused by old age, disease (such as diabetes mellitus), and eye trauma. It appears as a murky, cloudy, grayish-blue color while some can also become red and irritated.

As the disease worsens, the eye lens can become completely opaque, causing total blindness.

Stages of Cataracts in Dogs
A cataract is an opacity in the eye lens that can range in size and severity. A very small (incipient cataract) does not typically impair vision.

Incipient cataracts is the very first stage of cataracts in dogs and caught early and treated by a veterinary ophthalmologist can lead to a good outcome for your dog.

Cataracts in dogs that are more opaque (immature cataract or also known as a “juvenile cataracts”) are more serious and typically cause blurred vision.

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