Dry Eye

Dry eye is a relatively common disease particularly in dogs which usually present with conjunctivitis and a mucky discharge which does not resolve with usual treatment. Tears are needed to keep the front of the eye (cornea) healthy and free of blood vessels. With a decrease in watery tears over the cornea, the body increases the production of mucus, blood vessels, and scarring, all of which can affect vision. The eye is more likely to develop infections, and corneal ulceration (even possible eye rupture).

Dry eye is often breed and age related, it may also be associated with some medications.

Medical treatment is often successful in controlling dry eye and is usually needed life long, in some cases that respond poorly to medications, surgery may need to be considered (parotid duct trabsposition).