We all know that a pet’s eyes truly are the window to their soul – not to mention their whole body’s overall wellness. Pet parents spend a lot of time gazing into their pet’s eyes, and aside from the meaningful connection this special attention brings, it also means you can often see signs of a potential eye problem right away.
Catching eye issues early, before there is a serious problem, is one reason we recommend keeping up with your pets’ annual wellness visits. By seeing your pet regularly, we can notice small changes in their health and begin treatment earlier, leading to more successful outcomes.
At Westfield Veterinary Group, our general practice veterinarians are well-versed in eye diseases and conditions. At your pet’s annual wellness exam, we take a close look at their eyes, as well as the rest of their body. We make sure their vision isn’t impaired and that all the structures of the eye are healthy and functioning well.
The most commonly affected structures of a pet’s eye are:
- Cornea (the clear front surface of your pet’s eye)
- Conjunctiva (the moist pink tissue under the eyelid and around the eye)
- Sclera (the white part of the eye)
- Lens (transparent tissue behind the pupil that focuses light)
- Retina (the back of the eye that receives light and sends messages to the brain)
If you notice redness, unusual discharge, cloudiness, excessive squinting or blinking, or if you are concerned about your pet’s vision, please give us a call right away. But don’t wait for an illness or a problem to bring your pet to the vet. Instead, keep your pet’s eyes healthy with regular wellness exams. We offer wellness exams at both our Westfield or Union locations, so if your pet is due, schedule an appointment today.