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Emergency Eye Injuries
Any abnormality with your pet’s eye needs immediate intervention from an experienced and qualified veterinarian. "Watchful waiting" is not advisable because the problem can aggravate rapidly. At Waldorf Emergency Care in Waldorf, MD, we deal with such emergency eye injuries, and our response team is available 24/7.
There are many types of pet eye emergencies, but the following are the most common.
Traumatic Pet Injuries: The vast majority of ophthalmic emergencies are due to physical injuries caused by sharp or blunt objects. For example, the pet may get injured if hit in the eye with a ball by playing children. Sometimes it can also hurt itself with its claws. Whenever that happens, the exerted sheering force can cause injury to the surface of the eye, eyeball prolapse, eyeball injury, or laceration of the eyelid, among other complications.
Injuries by Foreign Bodies: Sometimes inorganic or organic elements get trapped in the cornea or the eye orbit. When that happens, chances of penetrating deeper into the eye and blocking the tear drainage are very high, thereby making the condition an emergency.
Chemical Injuries: Chemicals like alkalis found in home cleaners can cause severe irritation if they drop into the eye of your pet. This can be very painful and may cause blindness in late interventions.
Taking your pet eye emergencies to the vet in good time prevents the problem from worsening into one or more of the following emergency eye injuries among many others.
Acute Glaucoma: This condition is brought about by increased pressure in the eye and will make it appear red. The pupil of the affected eye may also become larger compared to the other, and this condition is both painful and sight-threatening.
Acute Uveitis: This is characterized by the inflammation of the uveal tract comprising of the choroid, ciliary body, and the iris. Major symptoms include a red, painful eye with a pupil that is smaller than normal. The color of the iris may also be altered and will appear unusually darker. If unattended, this condition can lead to vision loss.
Inflammation of the Orbit: The eye orbit or socket can become inflamed due to an emergency eye injury that goes untreated in good time. Symptoms of this condition include swelling around the eye socket, reddened or swollen eyelids, and the pet may be unable to open the mouth to eat due to excessive pain.
Waldorf Emergency Care takes your pet’s health seriously. Our experienced veterinarians will conduct a thorough assessment of the eye emergency, and use modern technology and medicine to treat the injuries. We are available 24/7, and you can call us at 301-705-9700 or visit us at 2215 Crain Hwy Waldorf, MD 20601. Don’t wait until the problem compounds into a major issue!