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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our 8 year old spaniel has has a right side red eye

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Our 8 year old spaniel has has a right side red eye for quite a wile (3 months) Both above and below the eye. Got drops from vet. Didnt elp . Now he says it is cataract which should be removed. Doesnt mak any sense tome - what can copnnection be between red eye and cataract and he said we hads better do the other one too cos it will go the same way?????
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
A "red eye" needs to be clarified. It usually implies conjunctival, episcleral/scleral, or palpebral hyperemia (redness). It doesn't traditionally apply to redness within the anterior chamber (the space between the back of her cornea and the front of her iris) as might be caused by hyphema (bleeding into the anterior chamber). Your spaniel needs to be seen by a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist. Three months of a red eye unresponsive to dexamethasone (Maxitrol) that now has developed a cataractous lens suggests a deeper problem such as uveitis (inflammation of the iris and its attachments) and/or glaucoma (increased intraocular pressure). Both of those disorders can result in a cataract in the lens. Your dog's eye pressure should have been measured with a tonometer many times by now and a complete ophthalmic exam with an ophthalmoscope performed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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