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Corneal Dystrophy in Dogs

Dog getting checked for corneal dystrophy at the vet

Pictured: Dog getting checked for corneal dystrophy at the vet


Corneal Dystrophy is a genetic, bilateral condition of the cornea that causes vision loss.


Treatment is administered to prevent progression and to treat symptoms. A sodium chloride ointment or solution can be used to slow the rate of progression of the disease and to keep the surface of the cornea from worsening.

If the surface layer can be kept healthy, then there is less chance of corneal ulcers developing. If corneal ulcers or inflammation develop, then antibiotics may be needed.

If the disease progresses to the point where the cornea becomes thickened and the animal is blind and painful then certain surgery may be necessary.

Cost to Treat: The cost of ophthalmologist assessment varies from $100 to $250 and surgery can cost $2,000 to $3,000 per eye depending on the severity and where you live.

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