Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside of the eye increases, resulting in damage caused to the optic nerve, followed by a loss of vision and blindness.
There are two types of glaucoma. Primary, or chronic, glaucoma is either hereditary, or develops as your pet ages. Secondary, or acute, glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is critical it is treated by a veterinarian immediately.
Symptoms of glaucoma include the following -
• Redness in the eye;
• Tearing or discharge;
• Eye sensitivity to light;
• Cloudy-looking eye; or
• Bulging eyeball.
We recommend your pet receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care. The exam is an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma and sets a baseline measurement of your pet's normal intraocular pressure (IOP). This exam is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.