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My 6 year old Rottweiler's eyes have been getting crusted

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My 6 year old Rottweiler's eyes have been getting crusted over for 6 months now. My vet has me giving him eye drops, three times a day. I want to know f this can be fixed with an operation, or do I have to give him drops for the rest of his life. This just started when he was six years old.Thanks
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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It doesn't sound as if the etiology of the crusting has been determined which is necessary if we're going to know if life-long medication will be needed or surgical intervention might be curative. A Schirmer tear test needs to be performed to see if Paolo is forming enough tears. The tear film needs to be evaluated to see if his tears are of the correct quality. His lids need to be examined for both entropion (rolling back into his eyes and irritating the cornea) and ectropion (lids falling away from his eyes). Eyelashes need to be examined for redundancy and poor positioning - either of which could be irritating his corneas - the clear windows of his eyes. His corneas need to be stained with fluoroscein to check for corneal abrasion or ulceration. His lacrimal apparatus - tear ducts and lacrimal sac - need to be assessed for dacryocystitis (infection of the lacrimal apparatus).

You can get the idea of what I'm saying. A proper and thorough exam can determine why Paolo's eyes have been crusting for so long. If Paolo's vet is uncomfortable or isn't equipped to perform these examinations, please consider having a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist (please see here: www.acvo.org) take a look at Paolo's eyes. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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I'm just following up on our conversation about Paolo. How is everything going?

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