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Friday, 11 May 2012

Visit the Optician

If you have been to see your optician recently you may be familiar with our latest toy. We have just purchased a tonometer. When your optician checks to see if glaucoma is present they use a tonometer to measure the pressure within your eye (intraocular pressure). Intraocular pressure is the pressure exerted against the outer layers by the eyeball. This increased pressure can be painful, and may result in loss of sight due to damage to the retina and optic nerve. Early diagnosis can often prevent the loss of sight.
Certain breeds are more likely to suffer from glaucoma. In our canine friends the disease is frequently seen in Cocker Spaniels, Terriers, Siberian Huskies, Poodles, Beagles, Jack Russells, Bassett Hounds and Dalmations. It can however occur in all pets, as with people.
If you have any concerns about your pet's eyesight we can perform tonometry on your friend. Many people choose to have their intraocular pressure checked annually, at the time of their pet's health check and vaccinations.