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Glaucoma

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to prevent glaucoma and lower canine and feline eye pressure.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, eye, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body, supporting free radical scavenging, which may help support and maintain the skin's ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function, to protect and support skin and connective tissues in the joints and to reduce inflammation in the joints, to acidify urine and may build resistance to allergies, as well as improve immune function.

Glaucoma is when the pressure of the fluid or aqueous humor within the eye becomes excessively high. This is a serious eye condition that can affect your pet and cause long term damage if left untreated. As the pressure within the eye increases, pressure is placed on the optic nerve and as a result visual impairment and even blindness can occur. Although the condition can affect both, glaucoma tends to be far more common in dogs than cats.

The symptoms of glaucoma may include the following:

Severe pain in the eye (while pets cannot tell us about their pain, they may communicate it to us in their behavior. Pain often causes irritability, poor appetite, or lethargy)

A yellow-green discharge from the eye

Reddened eye

Enlargement of the blood vessels of the sclera or whites of the eyes

Impaired vision

Clouded cornea or an eye with a bluish tint

Dilated pupils that don’t constrict with light

During later stages of glaucoma the eye may appear larger or bulging.

The eye constantly produces aqueous humor, (the clear fluid that fills the anterior chamber of the eye) and this aqueous is steadily filtered out of the anterior chamber through a complex drainage system. When this drainage system becomes too slow, or for other reasons, the aqueous builds up in the eye, the eye’s intraocular pressure (IOP) increases and pressure is put on the optic nerve and retinal fibers.

Glaucoma can either be primary or secondary. Primary glaucoma is when glaucoma occurs as your pet has a physical predisposition to the condition. For example, drainage pores within the eyes may be too small, or at an awkward angle, making drainage of fluids from the eye difficult. In many cases primary glaucoma is genetic and is commonly seen in certain breeds such as Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Miniature Poodles and Dachshunds.

Secondary glaucoma on the other hand is caused by another condition such as an eye inflammation caused by injury or an eye infection, cataracts, cancer in the eye, lens displacement, or chronic retinal detachment.

Herbal Remedies:                                

Herbal remedies help to counteract and reduce the incidence of glaucoma and eye infection, to promote eye health, and maintain problem-free vision with shiny and bright eyes, cleansing; to eliminate, cleanse and detoxify the eye tissue, to soothe and heal infections of the eyes and to reduce pain.

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Secondary glaucoma can often be prevented if the underlying cause is noticed and treated swiftly. For this reason, any eye injury, infection or inflammation should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible.

Primary glaucoma is not easy to prevent, however, if your know your pet has the predisposition to glaucoma then regular eye check ups will help to pick up early signs of the condition.

Diabetic pets are more prone to eye problems such as cataracts which can cause glaucoma. It is therefore essential to manage a diabetic pet’s glucose levels closely to reduce the chances of eye problems.

It can be devastating to learn that your pet is losing its sight as a result of glaucoma. Keep in mind that cats and dogs are incredibly adaptable and can live long and happy lives without vision. Unlike humans, animals have an incredibly sensitive sense of smell and impeccable hearing which can make up for the loss of sight.

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Conventional Remedies:

If you suspect your pet may have glaucoma then it should be treated as a veterinary emergency. Your vet will measure the intra intraocular pressure (IOP) with a Schiotz tonometer or a Tonopen. Normal IOP readings range between 12 to 22mmHg, and a reading of greater than 30mmHg is generally diagnosed as glaucoma.

The treatment of glaucoma depends on the severity and the underlying cause of the condition. In many cases, by the time the glaucoma is realized, permanent visual damage has already occurred and the treatment is aimed at saving the unaffected eye. Therefore the sooner the glaucoma is treated, the better the prognosis.

Conventional treatment options include medication or surgery. There are a number of medications that can help to reduce intra intraocular pressure, reduce the amount of aqueous humor produced in the eye, and assist with fluid drainage. These may include topical ointments or oral medications, however it must be noted that medication is usually not a long term solution to the problem, and in many cases, glaucoma is only resolved with surgery.

Surgical procedures will vary depending on the cause and severity. In a procedure known as laser cyclophotocoagulation, a small part of the eye that produces the aqueous humor is destroyed to reduce fluid build up. In cases where the eye is very painful, or visual damage has resulted in blindness, the eye is often removed in a procedure known as enucleation.

 

 

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