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Rapid onset of blindness in both eyes

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rapid onset of blindness in both eyes
Submitted: 6 months ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 6 months ago.
Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about Ginger's issue. Can you tell me, do her eyes look cloudy at all? Does she seem painful, it is she pawing at her eyes/squinting, or having tears?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I know that they are cloudy and that she been pawing at them
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
told that it's genetic but they don't know what it is
Expert:  Jess K replied 6 months ago.
There are many different things which can cause acute blindness in dogs. Cataracts as a result of diabetes can come on quickly (or some owners don't realize until vision is gone). With cataracts usually it is the pupil that look cloudy, the rest of the eye appears clear. Other things that can cause blindness would be retinal detachment, which can be a result of trauma, or a result of high blood pressure; inflammation of the optic nerve; SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome), and glaucoma. So the dog has been to a veterinarian? HAve they recommended seeing an ophthalmologist?