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Guest AndyUK

Hi all

 

I noticed a grey 'dot' on Sarah's eye a couple of weeks ago. It was not causing her any discomfort and I already had a visit to the vet booked for her jabs so I thought i'd leave it and mention it to the vet then. I thought it was the start of cataracts.

 

Anyway the vet said the dot it was a fatty deposit - a lipid - put some drops in her eye and said it should go say soon. I mentioned cataracts and was very surprised when the vet said she already had them! I remember the rehoming kennel being concerned about her eyes as they can sometimes look 'pearly' but she was given a clean bill of health by their vet (around 17 months ago).

 

There is no obvious sign that her sight is impaired so I guess if she does have them then they are only just starting.

 

Any advice on what I should be looking out for and at what point I need to be proactive with managing the situation.

 

Andy

 

 

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How old is she? Older dogs do get cataracts, but more often they get something known as 'nuclear lenticular sclerosis' or just 'lenticular sclerosis' which is just part of the ageing process, and it's what happens when the centre of the lens hardens and the cells there get packed together.

 

Here's a useful link

 

Cataract or Nuclear Sclerosis?

 

and one which explains nuclear (lenticular) sclerosis

 

Nuclear Sclerosis

 

Another condition which should also be considered is Pannus. It's very important to get a proper diagnosis, because Pannus needs to be treated if your dog is not to go blind.

 

Pannus

 

Since your vet has diagnosed the spot on Sarah's eye as a fatty deposit, I'd ask for a specialist opthalmology referral ASAP. I wouldn't mess with eye problems if there's any doubt at all. JMHO.

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Guest AndyUK

Thanks for the reply and the links. I've got a vet's appointment next week - I'll let you know we get on.

 

Oh, she's 8.

 

Andy

 

 

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Guest Tenderhearts

I just wanted to mention that nuclear sclerosis affects their vision differently than a cataract. Even though the eyes have a bluish tinge (I have 3 with it), it affects their depth perception. Toby will sometimes have a hard time catching a ball if the lighting isn't bright enough.

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Guest AndyUK

Thanks to you both.

 

I will definitely mention Pannus.

 

Not sure how I can observe her depth perception - she runs away if a ball comes anywhere near her!

 

I'll let you know..........

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