What are Eye Problems?
Our pets are subject to many of the same eye conditions that we are, including glaucoma, corneal ulceration, cataracts, dry eye, retinal degeneration and eye infections such as conjunctivitis. However, in many cases, serious eye problems are not realized or treated in time and the result can be long term damage or visual impairment.
What makes eye problems so tricky is that the severity of the symptoms is not always a testament to the severity of the condition. For example, a pet with a very red, puffy eye may have a harmless infection, while a pet with a slight squint may have a serious eye condition requiring immediate treatment.
Our pets are also unable to tell us of any change in vision, eye pain or any eye discomfort the may be feeling. For these reasons it is always best to walk on the side of caution and take your pet to the vet if they show any symptoms of eye problems.
Diagnosing Eye Problems
Signs and symptoms may include:
- red eye
- painful eye (often expressed by squinting, pawing or rubbing at the eye, tearing, and appetite or behavior changes)
- cloudy eye
- yellow or greenish discharge
- blood in or around eye
- excessive tearing
- bulging of the eye
- dilated pupil or difference in pupil size
- pupils that do not react to light changes
- eye inflammation
Help for Eye Problems
One a veterinary examination has determined the type and cause of your pet’s eye problems, natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used as an alternative to or in conjunction with conventional treatments, depending on the condition.
There are a number of natural ingredients that have been known to improve the health of the eyes and treat a variety of common eye problems. Burdock is one such herb that is well known for its excellent eye-cleansing and detoxifying properties. Burdock also helps to stimulate the functioning of the immune system and is very useful in the treatment of dry eyes and eye infections.
The commonly used herb Rosemary is also beneficial for a number of eye problems as it has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to help relieve pain. Meadow Sweet is also highly recommended as it is an excellent astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and helps to soothe and heal infections of the eyes and conjunctiva. Lastly, the herb Chelidonium majus can be used to sharpen sight, boost the immune system and promote faster healing of the eye.