It is crucial for your pet’s vision and comfort that we detect and treat glaucoma and other diseases of intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) as quickly as possible. Our doctors are able to test for abnormal changes in intraocular pressure easily and safely during any physical exam. The test, performed via a device called a tonometer, is nonpainful and does not require sedation. Tonometry allows us to diagnose glaucoma and intraocular inflammation (uveitis) that could cause blindness if not detected in a timely fashion.
Certain breeds are at risk for glaucoma. If not detected early (within hours or days), glaucoma can cause permanent damage and significant pain. Your doctor can discuss your pet’s risk for glaucoma during his/her annual exam. Your pet should be evaluated right away should you note any of the following changes in one or both of your pet’s eyes: dilated (enlarged) pupils, clouding of the cornea, red or bloodshot eyes, enlargement or protrusion of one eye, squinting, sensitivity to light, or increased tearing.