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Blindness

Blindness

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to reduce cloudy eyes and cataracts to prevent and counteract blindness.

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The most common cause of problems with dog blindness is a condition called Optic Neuritis which means nerve disease. Optic neuritis is the inflammation of the optic nerve in which one or both of the optic nerves are swollen, resulting in impaired visual function. The optic nerve, sometimes called the cranial nerve, is a nerve in the eye that takes visual information and transmits it to the brain. Optic neuritis affects the ophthalmic and nervous systems of the body.

The primary form of optic neuritis is uncommon and usually affects only dogs younger than three years of age. The secondary form of optic neuritis, however, in which the disease is secondary to another disease, such as central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction, is more common. Causes include inflammation in the nerve due to meningitis, infection (distemper, fungus), tumor (neoplasia) or injury.

Motion and how and if your dog blinks can indicate different conditions of blindness. Another approach may include an obstacle course or placing your dog near a table to see if he or she extends their legs.

Try and determine if your dog has trouble seeing at night or during the day. Loss of night vision is associated with a condition called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (leading cause of inherited blindness). A condition that only impacts night vision is called Congenital Stationary Night Blindness.

Causes of blindness:

retinal detachment (if the problem is caught early before the lack of blood  keeps the eye from deteriorating, then the site may be able to be restored)

partial retinal detachment

demyelination of the optic tract (inflammation related to an infectious disease)

distemper (most common cause of blindness)

tumors of the pituitary gland (tumor can squeeze the optic nerve)

cataracts

glaucoma

uveitis

meningitis

severe corneal disease

retinal inflammation and infection

retinal detachment

disease of the optic nerve

disease of the occipital cortex (the visual center of the brain)

injury

There are some things you can do at home to help your dog. Minimize changes to his environment. He will function better if he knows where things are. Keep his food and water dishes in the same place, and guide him to them if necessary.

To keep your dog safe, use baby gates to barricade stairways. Don't let him outdoors alone; always take him out on a leash.

Your dog may want to paw at his eye if it is uncomfortable. Do not allow this and use an Elizabethan collar (conical collars) if necessary.

Your dog may be blind in just one eye without your knowledge. He will likely be able to get around just as well as he could when he was able to see with both eyes. In fact, if he loses his vision slowly, you might not even notice right away that he is blind. Dogs are remarkably adaptable. He will memorize his surroundings and be able to get around quite well using his senses of smell and hearing. Your first clue that something is wrong may be when you rearrange the furniture or make some other change to his environment.

You should take your dog to the vet immediately if you suspect changes in his vision. Early treatment may save his eyesight.

Symptoms of blindness:

bumping into furniture

seeming clumsy in general

having trouble finding things such as their food and water dishes

becoming easily startled

getting lost in the yard or in certain areas of the home

lack of normal play.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are safe, gentle and that help to support overall eye health and strength, to reduce macular degeneration and to support healthy, shiny, bright eyes and clear vision.

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Certain preventative measures can be taken to avoid cataracts and protect overall eye health in your pet and these include:

Feed your pet a well balanced all natural diet that includes vegetables (carrots, kale or broccoli) rich in antioxidants

Incorporate sources of antioxidants in the form of Vitamin E and C, and beta carotene to protect the eye tissues

Trim hair around the eye area to avoid eye irritation

Check your pet’s eyes regularly

Avoid exposing your pet to irritants such as pollen, plant seeds, toxins, chemicals, pollution and dust

Protect your pet’s eye carefully when using shampoo or applying flea repellents

Keep your pet’s head inside moving vehicles as foreign objects or substances may easily become lodged in the eye

Visit your vet annually for an eye examination

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Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will carefully examine your dog for the presence of blindness and the underlying cause of illness. Blood work, complete physical exam, ophthalmic exam, a neurological exam and other tests such as a cerebral spinal fluid test and a CT scan or an MRI may be conducted. If your vet is not qualified to perform the ophthalmic exam he or she will refer you to a vet who specializes in ophthalmology.

Your veterinarian will also check for retinal detachment. This is caused by a buildup of fluid in the eye. Other causes include some type of eye injury, the formation of fibrin in the eye (fibrin is what causes blood to clot).

 

 

 

 

 


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