Both eyes have the usual eye discharge that the dogs of that breed and others like him have. There is no cloud covering his eye like you would see with cataracts. He is only 10 months old. I've had him for about a month.
When I first brought him home his hair around his eyes was a little long, but I did notice that every once in awhile, it looked like he had a lazy eye. Like a person would have.
I got him groomed on Thursday and my son also commented on him having a lazy eye.
Today, the light caught his eye and that's when I saw this ring around his iris (the colored part) It looks exactly like my eye does when I have a contact lens in my eye. About five minutes ago I wanted to show my husband what I was talking about, so I got out the flashlight.
He does have that ring I was talking about but he also has no color in parts of the top of his iris. You can see where the color should be, but it's just clear and white.
He doesn't act like it bothers him. I'm just concerned because I know that dogs can have problems with there 2nd and 3rd eyelids.
I reread his health history from his previous vet, it mentions the discharge but says that the eyes are perfectly healthy. That was in April.
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The following site goes over reasons for cloudiness of the eye just in case it develops..
Shih Tzus as a breed have shallow eye sockets. They are prone to eye problems such as not being able to close their eyelid over the cornea of the eye (lagophthalmos ). Due to this problem they have the tendency to develop an inflammation of the cornea (Keratitis) which can become ulcerative in its severest form. This can lead to scaring that can decrease vision. In addition, due to they way the eye socket is, the eyelid can clamp behind the eyeball cutting off oxygen to the retina which can lead to blindness if not treated immediately. This is called proptosis.
They also can have problems with dry eye and their eyelashes irritating the eyeball and possibly causing chronic corneal irritation.. These conditions are Distichiasis and Ectopic Cilia. They also can have hereditary cataract or juvenile cataracts and PRA which leads to blindness. Dogs can also develop a luxating lens as well..
That clear spot you describe could be a corneal ulcer and the lazy eye movement you describe be a pain reaction. We do see some rolling of the eyes in reaction to eye pain. Dogs are not like people and they try to not show their pain at all. As you have seen, this could be an emergency situation depending on the severity of the condition. Given that your breed is prone to a lot of eye issues, I would have Max seen as soon as possible.
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