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I have a vet appointment scheduled for various things but am concerned about something happening with Sheba's right eye. There's a cloudy film beginning to cover her eye. I tried to look up info on canine pannus and cataracts but never found photos of what they look like. Sheba is almost 7 years old and I just noticed the eye thing. Any photos of what canine pannus and cataracts look like?

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Pannus affects the cornea, which means the entire eye starts to look a little hazy. Cataracts and nuclear sclerosis affect the lens, which means only the pupil starts to look hazy. Nuclear sclerosis is a normal aging change that usually begins around 5-7 and doesn't significantly affect sight. It generally affects both eyes about the same. Cataracts can be difficult to differentiate from nuclear sclerosis in the early stages without dilating the eye fully for the exam. As it progresses though it tends to become quite a bit more opaque and is more white (nuclear sclerosis is a little more blue in comparison I find). And of course, cataracts affect vision and can cause more serious eye conditions to develop.

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At that age, some hazing of the eyeball is pretty typical. It's probably just natural aging. Nothing to panic over! You mean sort of like a bluish "film" you can probably only see in certain lights? George had that for years!


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If you are concerned about a specific eye problem, I suggest you get a consultation from a veterinary ophthalmologist. Regular general practice vets (yes, even good, experienced ones) often can miss what a specialist will catch. This is why people don't go to their general practitioner to get their glasses prescription checked, for example.

I had two vets misdiagnose pannus as "scar tissue from a previous injury" in one case, and "natural aging of the eyes" in another. Both turned out to be pannus (I took them to the ophthalmologist on my own because I could see rapid progression that was not explained by my vets' diagnoses), and both were treated with good success in keeping the progression of the condition at bay.

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If you are concerned about a specific eye problem, I suggest you get a consultation from a veterinary ophthalmologist. Regular general practice vets (yes, even good, experienced ones) often can miss what a specialist will catch. ...

 

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I hope there is a doggie ophthalmologist in your area, and if so, go to her/him.

 

Annie had an eye issue last February. My vet though it was ?? (I don't remember now) but since she wasn't sure, she sent me to a doggie eye doctor. My vet was wrong and I am ever grateful at her recommendation for a consult. Annie was diagnosed with Nodular Granulomatosis Episclertis Keratitis (I've probably spelled at least one of these incorrectly). It's a cousin to Pannus. She's on drops for the rest of her life and they should/will prevent her from going blind.

 

BTW, her symptoms were nothing like what you're describing.

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If you are concerned about a specific eye problem, I suggest you get a consultation from a veterinary ophthalmologist. Regular general practice vets (yes, even good, experienced ones) often can miss what a specialist will catch. This is why people don't go to their general practitioner to get their glasses prescription checked, for example.

 

I had two vets misdiagnose pannus as "scar tissue from a previous injury" in one case, and "natural aging of the eyes" in another. Both turned out to be pannus (I took them to the ophthalmologist on my own because I could see rapid progression that was not explained by my vets' diagnoses), and both were treated with good success in keeping the progression of the condition at bay.

 

 

 

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Her eye does seem to have a bluish film so perhaps it is nuclear sclerosis, but I'll wait until my vet examines her. I'll also see if there is a veterinary canine ophthalmologist in my local area in case a second opinion is needed..

 

Also you can ask your Vet about "Florida Eye." Now in fairness, there may be an actual condition with a fancy technical name, but my old timey retired Vet and our current Vet both knew the term and treatment. :lol :lol

 

Here is the link for the Eye Vet. we used, Dr. Strubbe. He rocks. This is not a clinic site, but the Wellness site. Here is a soon-to-be-site for Animal Eye Specialty Clinic, with the phone numbers for all the Eye vets who work in our area. I know he also works out of an office in Melbourne.

 

He helped JD, and recently, Danger with eye issues, I think another of our greyhounds and a cat for eye issues. Also, our part-time neighbors had an eye emergency with their 'Tzu in March and they were sent to Dr. Strubbe. They LOVED him. They live in South Ga. and their other 'Tzu also has eye issues. The only eye Vet close to them is out of Jacksonville. They liked Dr. Strubbe so well, they were thinking of transferring both dogs to his office for care.

 

 

Gotta love google!! Florida Keratopathy. :lol :lol

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