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#27315 - 10/10/04 10:04 AM foggy eye

my boy glider has a foggy eye anyone no what it is or how to treat it

#27316 - 10/10/04 01:02 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]
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[:"green"]When you say foggy eye, I wonder... Does it have a gooey film across it? Or is the actual eye a cloudy, milky color? There would be different reasons for the conditions. If the actual eye is cloudy, then it is probably a cataract. I don't know if they can be treated or not. If there is a gooey film, then there is probably an eye infection of some sort that the vet would need to treat with antibiotics & possibly eye drops. Either way, get your little boy to a vet to get it checked out.
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#27317 - 10/10/04 04:42 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]
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I agree, sounds like a vet visit is in order.

#27318 - 10/10/04 05:50 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]

u definatly need to check with a vet

#27319 - 10/10/04 07:02 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]
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sounds like an eye infection. Left untreated they can become quite painfull and sually requires antibiotic to clear it up.
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#27320 - 10/10/04 08:38 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]

Perhaps I am wrong so if I am please correct me but isn't it also a possibility that there is too much fat in the diet. I read that if the diet for a glider is too high in fat thier eyes can have a sort of milky haze to them..

#27321 - 10/10/04 09:02 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]

It is possible that too much cholesterol (fat) in the diet could cause cholesterol deposits to build up in the cornea of the eye. If severe enough, the condition can be mistaken for cataracts.

Cataracts affect the lens of the eye. Cataracts may result from injuries to the eye, inflammation within the eye (uveitis), internal diseases that have an effect on the eye such as diabetes mellitus and some cataracts are inherited. Cataracts that develop in eyes free of signs of ocular disease are assumed to be inherited. Inheritance is the major cause of cataracts in humans and animals alike. If a recent eye injury and/or infection has occurred, treatment is essential ASAP in order to avoid irreversible damage. If treatment is not rendered in an appropriate/timely fashion, the end result can be the development of a cataract.

#27322 - 10/10/04 09:43 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]

my gliders's eye Zack. his eyes is clearing up today alot better not as bad today
thank god

#27323 - 10/10/04 11:06 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]

If it is clearing up, it is likely that it was due to an inflammation of the cornea rather than a cataract. Cataracts are permanent. Usually corneal inflammation requires treatment to get better (at least in human eyes, which is where my experience lies--I'm an eye doctor). If it is definitely going away, I'd say you are extremely lucky, but watch it very carefully for any sign of worsening (especially goopy discharge) or if it doesn't continue to get lots better very quickly. I would still recommend taking him to a vet either way, especially if it isn't already gone completely because this is a very painful condition (most people-patients I see with it are unable to function in their daily routine due to the severe pain), and can easily, and frequently does, if untreated, result in permanent vision loss, or even loss of the whole eye.

By the way, the "fatty deposit" in the eye that was referred to in a previous post is something I see frequently in my human patients as well, and it can but doesn't always signal high cholesterol. It is called arcus, and it is found (again, in people) just around the edge of the cornea rather than across the whole cornea.

#27324 - 10/10/04 11:48 PM Re: foggy eye [Re: ]

The history that you give of a "foggy eye" that comes on quickly, and in your case leaves quickly, gives clues to its origin.

Normally I would look at a white eye in terms of whether it was the lens or the cornea. If it was the lens, you will likely see the whiteness in the pupil (the very center) with sparing of the iris's normal color (dark brown). I would not expect to see this come on abruptly unless there was major trauma, in which case you would know about it. It also should not go away. This sounds unlikely in your case, and that's good because you can't do much about it.

In corneal problems (the very outside part of the eye, where a contact lens would ride) one might expect to see the whole cornea white and thus hiding all the brown. Those can come on abruptly. I would be suspicious of minor trauma (such as scratches or foreign bodies in the eye) or infecton as the cause. This can come and go more quickly. In severe ones, even ulcers can be present. These hurt a lot. Most of the time an antibiotic eye drop is good for all these corneal problems, so getting it checked by the veterinarian is a good idea. Because they are often treatable and meds can prevent very bad outcomes, taking them in is important. I would not be so re-assured that just because the whiteness has improved that all is well. Like written above, goopy eyes should be a clue to get treated ASAP if it returns.

Other weird things can do this, such as glaucoma (elevated eye pressure) and other non-infectious inflammation, but from your post I'd bank on corneal abrasion or infection.


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