Glaucoma in Pets: What You Need to Know

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Close-up of Cat Eye

Glaucoma is typically a disease affecting middle-age to older pets.  The symptoms can be very insidious in that they may not be noticeable at first, but eventually you may see a red eye or a  dilated pupil, and ultimately, as the disease progresses, you can see that the eyeball is larger than normal.

Glaucoma Is Serious

Glaucoma is increased pressure inside the eye resulting from fluid build-up within the eyeball from fluid not draining properly.  If your pet doesn’t receive veterinary care, the condition damages the optic nerve, which can lead to blindness.  When glaucoma occurs in one eye, it often  eventually occurs in the second eye.  When glaucoma occurs in both eyes, blindness may seem to occur suddenly.

The Two Types of Glaucoma

Your pet can develop one of two types of glaucoma: primary or secondary. Primary glaucoma occurs spontaneously. Secondary glaucoma occurs because of another condition, such as cataracts…

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