Cataracts in Dogs
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Causes of cataracts in dogs include
diabetes, injury, eye inflammatory diseases (uveitis), hereditary
predisposition or unknown. The condition causes cloudiness on the eye
lens, reducing the eyes ability to focus light and see as it hits the
retina. It can occur in any dog breed at any age and can progress
quickly or slowly. Some dogs have an allergic reaction to the cataract
causing glaucoma and scars.
The only viable treatment option is surgery, or if not a candidate for surgery then medications are used. Dogs treated with surgery will receive an artificial lens that will restore normal vision in 80% to 90% of cases. If left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness, inflammation inside the eye (uveitis) and glaucoma, which creates painful pressure on the eye. Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness in dogs. "
Dog Cataracts in Miniature Poodle (3)