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Glaucoma is a painful disease which occurs when pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve and retina. The doctors at Seville Animal Hospital use a special instrument called a digital tonometer to measure the pressure inside the eye. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma may prevent or delay blindness in your loved pet. Glaucoma can either be an inherited condition or develop due to an injury to the eye or the presence of another disease.
Breeds prone to glaucoma:
The tonopen allows our veterinarians to accurately establish a "baseline" for each individual patient. Annual screenings are recommended in breeds predisposed to glaucoma, and pets are frequently tested when a history of glaucoma is present. Early detection of change is critical in the diagnosis and management of numerous painful diseases of the eyes in pets.
If your pet is a pure or mix breed listed above or if you have noticed one of the above signs of glaucoma, call our hospital today to have this simple, painless test performed. You will get the results and a treatment plan from our doctors the same day.
Remember, early detection and treatment of this painful disease can prevent or delay blindness in your pet.