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Corneal Ulcers in Dogs

Dog being diagnosed with a corneal ulcer

Pictured: Dog being diagnosed with a corneal ulcer


Overview


A Corneal Ulcer is a deeper erosion through the entire epithelium and into the stroma layer of the eye. With a corneal ulcer, fluid is absorbed from the tears into the stroma, giving a cloudy appearance to the eye.


Treatment


Treatment of corneal ulcers includes topical antibiotic therapy to prevent infection, and pain medications, including topical atropine to stop spasms of the ciliary muscle.

Atropine may decrease tear production and interfere with corneal healing. Superficial ulcers usually heal in less than a week.

Deep ulcers and descemetoceles may require corneal suturing, conjunctival grafts or conjunctival flaps, soft contact lenses, or corneal transplant.


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