Signs of Dry Eye

The appearance of Dry Eye can be quite varied and can be subtle, especially early in the disease. It is better for the health of your dog's eyes to pick up the problem early, so that more tear tissue remains and less changes to the eyes have developed. The earlier the problem is diagnosed and treated, the better the long term outlook for your dog's eyes.

Specialist ophthalmologists recommend testing virtually all sore eyes for Dry Eye, to make sure the condition is diagnosed as early as possible.

If your dog has any of the following signs, you should make an appointment with your veterinary surgeon. Remember to tell your vet if your dog has experienced any previous eye problems.

Signs to look out for

  • Uncomfortable eyes - your dog may blink excessively, rub the eyes or hold the eyes closed
  • Eyes red and inflamed
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Dry looking eyes
  • Frequent conjunctivitis, eye infections or corneal ulcers
  • Dark pigment on the surface of the eyes
  • Prominent blood vessels on the surface of the eyes

As dogs with Dry Eye are prone to getting eye infections and conjunctivitis, specialist ophthalmologists recommend testing for Dry Eye in all dogs with more than one infection in a 12 month period. Otherwise, Dry Eye could be missed and the dog only treated for the infection, and not the ongoing underlying problem.

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