by Carole Machery DVM
WHAT IS IT?
This eye disease is also called chronic superficial keratitis. It’s a chronic, immune-mediated disease that can affect both eyes, and if not treated, can cause blindness. The eyes develop areas of inflammation that can cover the corneas, blood vessels grow across the eye to the affected areas, and pigmentation may develop on the surface of the cornea.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Initially the eye(s) may look a little reddened. They may be sensitive, and the dog may rub them. As the disease progresses, there are clearly visible changes on the surface of the cornea, beginning at an edge and proliferating inward.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
CAN IT BE CURED?
Unfortunately, not at this time. It’s likely that your Greyhound will require medication of some sort for the rest of his or her life, although the frequency of medicating may vary seasonally. But the good news is that this disease can usually be controlled and in most cases there is no discomfort, and vision remains normal.
This page last updated 04/30/2006
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