Pet Eye Disorders: Corneal Ulcers

Close up eye with ulcers

Animal Eye Consultants specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pet ophthalmic disorders, such as corneal ulcers. Corneal ulcers are eye problems resulting from a loss in the tissue layers of your pet’s cornea, or lens. This eye problem results in a pain and can impact their vision. There are many potential causes for corneal ulcers such as trauma, disease, foreign body, or infection.

Diagnosis of Corneal Ulcers

Ulcers of the cornea are extremely painful, and can occur at any time. It is unlikely that a corneal ulcer will heal successfully without veterinary assistance. Please seek veterinary care if you notice the problems with your pet’s eyes, and the most universal signs of corneal ulcers include:

  • Squinting
  • Tearing and tear-staining around the eyes
  • Rubbing at the eyes
  • Hazy bluish corneal color
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Red, swollen eyes
  • Small pupils
  • Bloody discharge from eye
  • Discharge from eye
  • Pain

Treatment for Corneal Ulcers

Corneal ulcers are serious pet health issues that may result in blindness. It is important for your pet to receive prompt evaluation and treatment by a veterinary specialist. Treatment options are based on the severity of the corneal ulcer.

Simple ulcers can be treated with prescription eye drops. Complex ulcers typically require surgical intervention to remove the damaged or diseased portion of the cornea. Our experienced veterinary team provides advanced surgical options for corneal ulcers such as corneal diamond burr debridement and corneal conjunctival flap or graft. As veterinary eye specialists, we are able to tailor the proper treatment to your pet.

Please contact us to discuss any questions you may have regarding veterinary corneal ulcer diagnosis or treatment. Your pet’s eye health is very important to us, and we look forward to serving you and your pet.