Keeping an eye on their sight
You saw them grow up. You’ve seen them in all kinds of moods. You’ve seen so many expressions in their eyes. You know them so well. You’d be able to pick your pet out of a crowd of thousands. There they are! Those are the eyes of your dog, cat or ferret. Happy, sad, excited. You’d know them anywhere! Your pet's eyesight is also very precious to them because their eyes allow them to see you.
Their eyes should be clear and bright. Of course, it’s normal that some secretions accumulate at the inside corners. All you have to do for that is gently wipe with a damp tissue or cloth (but avoid cotton swabs… they can leave fibres in the eyes).
You should consult your vet if your pet’s eyes seem unusually teary, or if one of their eyes (or both) is closed because is hurts, if you see any redness or green or yellow secretions. Also worrisome is if you see that the third lid, the one that protects the eye, is constantly exposed.
If your friend is constantly bumping into things, they might be starting to have some vision problems that could be serious. For example, they might have cataracts, especially if they have diabetes. Fortunately, in most cases, these cataracts can be removed, thanks to a surgical procedure whose rate of success is extremely high.
Here are some other problems that can affect eyesight:
- Detached and atrophied retina;
- Corneal clouding
- Acquired lens dislocation