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How Do You Know If Your Dog Has Cataracts?

Sunday, September 15, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG EYE CHARTCataracts are common is certain dog breeds at any age. A cataract is a partial or complete clouding of the lens in the eye that can cause blindness.  Most cataracts are genetic but some diseases and medications may cause them. Lenticular scelrosis is a normal clouding of the lens, generally a light blue or white tint as the dog ages but this  generally does not effect vision. This condition is common and what is known as “old dog cataracts” or “false cataracts.” Your vet may be able to see the cataract on the eye exam depending on its size. 

The good news is that often smaller cataracts go unnoticed but do not cause any major visual problems.  If you are concerned that your dog has cataracts, discuss this with your vet or you may want to have an Opthomologist do an exam.

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