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Cataracts and Blindness in Diabetic Dogs

Diabetic dogs can live healthy lives. Unfortunately, a common complication of diabetes in dogs is cataracts (cloudy lenses).

 In fact, 75% of dogs develop cataracts and blindness in both eyes within one year of being diagnosed with diabetes.

The cataracts develop very quickly? If untreated, the cataracts cause intraocular inflammation called Lens-Induced Uveitis (LIU) that harms the eyes by causing glaucoma (increased intraocular pressure).

If the LIU is uncontrolled and glaucoma develops, cataract surgery might not be possible.

Glaucoma causes a chronic headache (similar to a migraine). Once it is apparent that cataracts are forming, it is important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian or Veterinary ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

Even if cataract surgery is not an option for your pet, an ophthalmic examination is very important, to help you decide what to do for your pet’s eyes.

If glaucoma has occurred, your pet might not give you a clue that it has a headache.

If LIU is present, your pet might not cue you that the eyes are inflamed and uncomfortable.

These eye problems are often subtle, but if present, medical treatment is required? perhaps even lifetime treatment.

If cataract surgery is not possible, dogs usually adjust to their vision loss and are happy, as long as the eyes are comfortable.

There are books and websites that can help your pet if vision loss is permanent -? www.blinddogs.com, and the book Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline Levin.

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