Dry Eye

Dry eyes need intervention by the vet. Home remedies will not be effective. However, traditional oriental medicine states that one’s liver is responsible for eye health. Consumption of liver in small amounts, thus, is recommended to nourish the liver which in turn benefits eye health.

Symptoms:

  • Sticky eye
  • Dried discharge around the eye
  • Red eye
  • Cloudy eyes
  • A lack of shine in the eyes
  • Eye infections (that comes back quickly after treatment)
  • Rubbing the face and/or eyes
  • Closing the eyes or blinking more than usual
  • Eye ulcers
  • Common Causes: 

    -Immune-mediated adenitis (inflammation of a gland that is brought about by abnormal activity of the body's immune system) is most common, and is often associated with other immune-mediated diseases
    -Congenital
    -Neurogenic - disease of the central nervous system is occasionally seen after traumatic proptosis (eyes displaced from their sockets) or after a neurologic disease that interrupts the nerves of the tear gland
    -Often a dry nose on the same side as the dry eyes
    -Drug induced - general anesthesia and atropine cause transient dry eye syndrome
    -Drug toxicity - some sulfa-containing drugs or etodolac (an NSAID) may cause transient or permanent condition
    -Physician induced - removal of the third eyelid may lead to this condition, especially in at-risk breeds
    -X-Ray induced – can occur in response to the eye coming into close contact with a primary beam from a radiology device Systemic disease - canine distemper virus Chlamydia conjunctivitis – bacterial Chronic blepharoconjunctivitis – long term inflammation of the conjunctiva (lining of the eyeball and lids) and eyelids.
    -Systemic disease - canine distemper virus Chlamydia conjunctivitis – bacterial Chronic blepharoconjunctivitis – long term inflammation of the conjunctiva (lining of the eyeball and lids) and eyelids.

    Natural Remedies:

    Dry eyes need intervention by the vet. Home remedies will not be effective. However, traditional oriental medicine states that one’s liver is responsible for eye health. Consumption of liver in small amounts, thus, is recommended to nourish the liver which in turn benefits eye health.

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